*Industry veteran Norwood Young has released a statement addressing some reports surrounding the death of his close friend Vesta Williams, including speculation that she may have tried to take her life.

The singer’s body was found Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at approximately 4:30 p.m. in a Los Angeles hotel, where, according to Young, she was staying temporarily while transitioning to a new home.

“The manager of the hotel, Mr. Seth Neblett, also a friend of Ms. Williams, discovered her body,” Young says in his statement. “Mr. Neblett confirms that authorities stated that one bottle (2/3 empty) of a sleeping aid was discovered on the scene on the nightstand next to the bed.”

In an exclusive interview with EURweb, Young explained why he didn’t believe initial reports that her death may have been a suicide. He said her zest for life and Christian values were too strong, and she was too excited about her upcoming “Unsung” special and participation in Sheryl Lee Ralph’s “Divas Simply Singing” event to benefit AIDS charities.

Young adds: “Two years ago, I witnessed Vesta experiencing a debilitating seizure, and this would be a likely scenario, and I wish people would stop fabricating and spreading hurtful rumors.”

As previously reported, funeral services will be held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ (3045 S. Crenshaw Blvd., North Campus, Los Angeles) on Tuesday, Oct. 4.