“Thank you Roberta and we all have your back. You got that,” said one fan
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: R&B singer Roberta Flack has some disappointing and urgent news for her fans. The iconic singer, who became known for her works in the ’70s and ’80s, has just announced on Monday November 14 that she has ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and can no longer sing what affects the fans. The news also comes shortly before the premiere of a documentary about her life, titled “Roberta.”
The 85-year-old singer is currently battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and according to her manager, the situation is bleak as she can’t even sing. Flack’s manager Suzanne Koga explained that the illness “has made it impossible to sing and not easy to speak, but it will take a lot more than ALS to silence this icon”. The four-time Grammy winner and singer of evergreens like “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” will now “remain active in her musical and creative endeavors” through her eponymous foundation and others. avenues. In 2016, the singer also suffered a stroke. The disappointing news caused a wave of concern among fans.
“You can’t think of 1970s R&B without saying Roberta’s name”
One concerned fan tweeted, “We don’t care about the universe but can still feel so unfathomably cruel in situations like this.” Recalling the first time he heard Flack, another fan shared the experience: “A Legend. When I first heard Roberta Flack sing this song, I felt my heart tremble like a captive bird’s heart…she made our world a better place and that will never change. …”
One disappointed and concerned fan wrote: “Mrs. Flack will always be my first love… what a beautiful woman, artist, icon and voice who captured and moved an entire generation. To this day, “Killing Me Softly” is my favorite.” Another user said, “My heart is broken!” “First Take” was like no other album my Harlem teenage self had heard and went straight to rotation just for me.”
Congratulating Flack on her journey, one fan wrote: “I’ve loved Roberta Flack’s masterpieces for so many years. This is such heartbreaking news. Happy she had such a great success!” Another fan tweeted, “Prayers up for Roberta Flack. Though she can no longer sing due to ALS, she’s given us enough great songs to last a lifetime… You can’t think of 1970s R&B without saying Roberta’s name. Thank you Roberta and we all have your back. You got that.”
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