Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack was diagnosed with ALS

Roberta Flack, the 85-year-old singer of “Killing Me Softly”, has been diagnosed as having Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

According to the Associated Press, Flack’s manager Suzanne Koga stated that the ALS diagnosis had “made it impossible for me to sing and not difficult to speak,” according to a release. It will take more than ALS to silence the icon.

Flack receives a health diagnosis. A feature documentary called “Roberta” will be released at the DOC NYC Film Festival on Thursday. Antonino D’Ambrosio will direct the documentary. It will air on TV on January 24th as part of PBS’s series “American Masters”.

According to the outlet Flack plans to continue her creative and musical pursuits through her foundation.

Tonya Bolden and Flack will co-author a children’s book called “The Green Piano” in January. Flack’s story is the focus of the book. It reveals how she was raised by piano players and received a full-ride scholarship at Howard University when she was just 15.

Flack stated that “I have always dreamed of telling children my story about the first green piano my father bought for me from the junkyard in hopes that they would be inspired and motivated to achieve their dreams.” I want them to believe in themselves and dare to dream big.

Flack has had health issues in the past. She suffered a stroke in 2016 Two years later, she spoke with the Associated Press to discuss returning to performing. She was performing at an event, and was asked if she would perform one of her “old songs.”

Flack replied, “There is no such thing as an “old hit”, preferring instead the term “classic”.

Flack stated that she could sing all the songs I have recorded over the years. However, Flack said that she would only choose songs that are meaningful to her. That’s not easy. To be moved by your songs, you must be constantly moved.”

Flack has received 14 Grammy nominations, and four wins over her long career. Her other

top-selling songs include “The first time I saw your face,” “The closer I get to you” and “Where is love?”

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