Luther Vandross In Critical Condition
Q: Singer Luther Vandross 'Critical' After Stroke LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Grammy-winning singer Luther Vandross, who suffered a stroke last week, was in "critical but stable" condition on Monday, a hospital said. "Mr. Luther Vandross suffered a stroke on April 16 and is hospitalized at the Weill Cornell Medical Center of New York-Presbyterian Hospital," the hospital said in a statement. "He is in critical but stable condition." The hospital said it would release "no further details" on Vandross, who has battled weight and health problems for years and suffered the stroke just days before his 52nd birthday. Famed for his silky, soulful crooning as well as for his songwriting and production prowess, Vandross turned 52 on Sunday. Since launching his solo career in 1981 after a successful stint as a back-up vocalist for the likes of David Bowie and Bette Midler, he has sold more than 20 million records worldwide.
A: This is so tragic, and could not have happened to a nicer man. Luther is not only generous to a fault, but the epitome of class and finesse. As a witness to his February stint at NYC's Radio City Music Hall, I can only recall what a powerhouse live performer he is. I remember thinking that he had never sounded better. Let's pray that this nice guy recovers soon and stays strong. Same here......I always get a bit nervous when the press release says the "hospital will not release any further info"....usually when a celeb is in the hospital, that translates to "we're planning a funeral soon."