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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old Apr 18th, 2003, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Luther Vandross has a Stroke

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Grammy-winning singer Luther Vandross was
recovering in a New York City hospital Thursday after suffering a
stroke, his spokeswoman said.

The veteran R&B performer, who turns 52 on Saturday, suffered the
stroke Wednesday, according to a statement from his business manager,
Carmen Romano.

"Family and friends are hopeful for a speedy recovery," the statement
said. No further details about his condition were included.

Lois Najarian, a spokeswoman at Vandross' label, J Records, confirmed
that the singer was hospitalized in New York, but said she had
received no further information.

"We're all very optimistic at this point," Najarian said in a
telephone interview.

Vandross won four Grammy awards in the 1990s. His hits include "Jump
to It," "Here and Now" and "Don't Wanna Be a Fool."

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luther has struggled with his weight over the years and i believe he has diabetes as well. i wish him a speedy recovery.
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Gosh I hope he is ok, I used to love that song he did with MC one of her better balleds.

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I heard about this this morning

He's such a nice guy....I hope he's ok.


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Get well Luther. Vandross and Anita Baker=the best in quiet storm music!
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speedy recover luther

gotta love his ballad with MC... Endless Love... *sigh*

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speedy recover luther

gotta love his ballad with MC... Endless Love... *sigh*
OMG I didn't even hear about this. Poor Luther.

Hey Stinger! That's one of my fav duets Luther and Mariah Get well soon Luther!
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hi rae hehe, still have that name huh?

*wanna listen to Endless Love*

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awww get well soon Luther...

*plays endless love* beautiful song.

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I hear Luther has Brain Damage <I haven't read it but someone told me they did>.

Pray for him! It will be one of the saddest days in my life if he dies.
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rocketta are you serious??? aww, man...i so absolutely love his work...
Yeah I hope this person was wrong but he usually scoures the internet for information. I love his work!!! I thought i was going to marry him when I was young. I love him unconditionally! Gay and all, overweight and all. I use to pray that Luther would be happy with himself and just stay plump.

I've been trying to get my brain around the possibility that he won't be here to make beautiful music but I just can't. I haven't been able to listen to any of my cd's cause it makes me too sad.
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This is just terrible news... I've loved Luther for years. I still remember listening to the casette single of "Power of Love/Love Power". And remember his duet with Janet Jackson? "The Best Things in Life are Free?" That brings back some carefree memories...

Luther please get well soon!!
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Luther Vandross was "touch and go" following his stroke three weeks ago, but is steadily improving, according to his mother, Mary Vandross.

"Right after the stroke, he was in grave danger; it was very touch and go," Mary Vandross said in a statement issued Monday (May 12). "But I feel that it is just a matter of time before he improves and to me, his appearance gets better daily. It's a very slow process."

The singer, 52, was forced to undergo a tracheotomy two weeks ago to assist his breathing after contracting pneumonia (see "Vandross Undergoes Tracheotomy, Remains In Critical Condition"). The singer remains in critical but stable condition, according to a hospital spokesperson, and has shown no signs of consciousness since he was found in his New York apartment several hours after suffering a stroke on April 16.

Mary Vandross makes the trip to the intensive care unit at New York's Weill Cornell Medical College hospital every few days from her home in Philadelphia. She said she's been overwhelmed by the support from the singer's friends and admirers, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, whom she calls "almost every day to pray with me."

Though Vandross remains unresponsive, Mary Vandross said she and the singer's nieces play music and talk to him all day long, spinning such favorites as Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick as well as his own music. Among the songs they play for Vandross is the title track to his upcoming album, Dance With My Father, which Mary said her son told her was the best song he has ever written. "In fact, right after he wrote 'Dance With My Father' he called me and he said, 'Mama, I wrote a song for you and daddy, I'm going to bring it and see what you think,' " she said.

The album is still slated for release on June 10. "Knowing how he loves this new album, I believe Luther would want it to come out now and I'm so grateful that he can get this chance," she said. "He is going to recover and when he does, I want him to be greeted with a big success story. He has to recover, he's all I have left, he's my last surviving child."

Aretha Franklin is hosting a candlelight vigil and prayer service for Vandross May 19 at 6:30 p.m at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit. Joining Franklin will be the Ebenezer Mass Choir, her sons, Eddie and Kecalf, and the Four Tops.

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