Frontwoman Vanity (aka Denise Matthews) left the group to pursue a solo career just before filming began for Purple Rain. Her role in the film (as well as the single "Sex Shooter") were passed along to Apollonia and Apollonia 6 appeared in the film instead of Vanity 6.
Vanity gave up her stage name and became a born-again Christian in 1994, the year she almost died from the effects of smoking crack cocaine. She recalled that after being rushed to the hospital, doctors said she had three days to live while on life support. After a kidney transplant in 1997, she decided to devote her life to evangelism. Matthews suffered from sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis, a rare complication of a peritoneal dialysis, and died in a Fremont, California hospital on February 15, 2016, at the age of 57.