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Community Advocacy Organization

Acclaimed Singer can Sing No Longer

There appear to be very tough times ahead for Grammy-winning musician Roberta Flack. A representative says the 85-year-old has the condition known by the initials A-L-S, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease. And it has rendered her unable to sing any longer.

In a news release yesterday, Flack's manager said the progressive disease “has made it impossible to sing and not easy to speak." But manager Suzanne Koga added that her client "intends to remain active" through her foundation work.

The announcement of Flack's diagnosis comes just ahead of the premiere of “Roberta,” a feature-length documentary debuting Thursday at a film festival in New York.

Flack is known for hits like “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” The latter catapulted her into stardom after Clint Eastwood used it as the soundtrack for a love scene in his 1971 movie “Play Misty for Me.”

The Roberta Flack documentary will air on television on January 24, 2023, as part of PBS’ “American Masters” series.

Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone

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