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Roberta Flack Has A.L.S. and Can No Longer Sing, Her Publicist Says


Roberta Flack, the highly decorated vocalist whose smash hits like “Killing Me Softly With His Song” made her amongst essentially the most recognizable voices of the Nineteen Seventies, has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and may now not sing, in line with a press release released by her publicist on Monday.

The condition, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, was diagnosed in August and has made it difficult for Ms. Flack to talk, the publicist, Elaine Schock, said in an email to The Recent York Times.

Ms. Flack, 85, won Grammy Awards for record of the 12 months and best pop vocal performance in each 1973 and 1974 as she racked up No. 1 singles including “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1972), “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (’73) and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (’74). Over the course of her profession, she earned 14 Grammy nominations.

Ms. Flack, who lives in Recent York, made an appearance on the Apollo Theater as recently as 2018. On the theater, she collapsed and had a stroke, Ms. Schock said.

The Recording Academy’s National Trustees awarded Ms. Flack a lifetime achievement Award in 2020. “Ms. Flack plans to remain energetic in her musical and inventive pursuits,” the statement said. “Her fortitude and joyful embrace of music that lifted her from modest circumstances to the international highlight remain vibrant and inspired.”

A latest, feature-length documentary called “Roberta” will premiere on Thursday on the DOC NYC film festival, in line with the statement. Next 12 months will probably be the fiftieth anniversary of the discharge of the “Killing Me Softly” album, Ms. Flack’s fourth. Rhino Records will have a good time the occasion with a commemorative reissue of the record, the statement said.

A.L.S. is a disease that causes the nerve cells to stop working and die, in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The nerves then lose the flexibility to stimulate specific muscles, which causes the muscles to develop into weak, the C.D.C. said.

The reason behind most cases of A.L.S. is unknown, in line with the C.D.C., and reports suggest that fewer than 20,000 people in america have it.

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