Singer Roberta Flack Can No Longer Sing After ALS Diagnosis

By Reuters
November 15, 2022Entertainment
Singer Roberta Flack Can No Longer Sing After ALS Diagnosis
Roberta Flack at the 62nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

LOS ANGELES—Grammy-winning musician Roberta Flack has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and can no longer sing, her representatives said on Monday.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive disease, “has made it impossible to sing and not easy to speak,” a statement from her publicists said. “But it will take a lot more than ALS to silence this icon.”

A documentary about Flack’s life is set to debut at a film festival in New York next week. It will air on PBS television in January. Flack, 85, also is releasing a children’s book in January.

ALS breaks down nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that make muscles work, leading to progressive paralysis and death.

Flack had several No. 1 hits in the 1970s and produced 20 studio albums. She won four Grammys and was honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2020.

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