Roberta Flack, “Killing Me Softly” Singer, 85, Has Been Diagnosed ALSCommonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
According to the Associated Press, Flack’s manager, Suzanne Koga, said in a release that the ALS diagnosis “made singing impossible and speaking not easy”. “But it will take much longer than ALS to silence this icon.”
Flack’s heath diagnosis comes as a feature documentary, “Roberta,” is set to be released at the DOC NYC Film Festival on Thursday. The documentary, directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio, will compete in the festival and will air on television on January 24 as part of PBS’s “American Masters” series.
According to the outlet, Flack plans to “remain active in his musical and creative pursuits” through his eponymous foundation.
In January, Flack plans to publish a children’s book, “The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music”, written by Tony Bolden. The book focuses on Flack’s life, describing how he was raised by pianists and received a full-scholarship to Howard University at only 15 years old.
The release quoted Flack as saying, “I’ve long dreamed of telling children my story about the first green piano my father brought to me from the junkyard in the hopes that they can live up to their dreams.” Will be inspired to reach.” “I want them to know that dreams can come true with persistence, encouragement from family and friends, and most of all, believing in yourself.”
Flack has faced health problems in the past. In 2016, she was the victim a stroke. Two years later, he spoke to The Associated Press about returning to performing. At the time, she had an upcoming show and was asked if she would sing one of her “old hits”.
Flack replied, “There’s no such thing as an old hit,” preferring the term “classic” instead.
Flack said, “I could sing any number of songs I’ve recorded over the years, easily, I could sing them, but I’m going to pick the songs that impress me.” “Now, that’s hard to do. To be moved, to be constantly moved by your own songs.”
flak has earned 14 grammy nomination And scored four victories in his multi-decade career. Some of his other most popular songs include “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “The Closer I Get to You,” and “Where Is the Love.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.