Luther Vandross Suffers Stroke

R&B singer had stroke on Wednesday, is currently hospitalized in New York.

Smooth R&B singer Luther Vandross is recovering in New York after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. The “Love Doctor,” as Vandross is known, is undergoing medical treatment at an undisclosed New York hospital, according to a J Records spokesperson.

The singer’s business manager, Carmen Romano, issued a statement on Thursday saying, “Vandross is under medical care and his family and friends are hopeful for a speedy recovery.”

Vandross, who turns 52 on Sunday, is a five-time Grammy winner, known for a string of sultry hits from the late 1980s and early 1990s such as “Jump to It,” “Power of Love/Love Power,” “The Best Things in Life Are Free” (a duet with Janet Jackson) and “Don’t Wanna Be a Fool.”

Vandross began singing backup in the 1970s, gaining his first success when his song “Everybody Rejoice (A Brand New Day)” was featured in the Broadway musical “The Wiz.” In 1974, Vandross wrote the song “Fascination” and sang backup vocals on David Bowie’s Young Americans album. His 1981 album Never Too Much sold 2 million copies and spawned a #1 R&B hit with the title track.

Though he released a string of platinum albums throughout the 1980s, Vandross didn’t hit mainstream pop success until 1989’s greatest-hits LP, The Best of Luther Vandross … The Best of Love. That album featured his first top 10 hit, “Here and Now.” His most recent album was a 2001 self-titled release on J Records. A new album, Dance With My Father, featuring contributions from Beyoncé Knowles, Busta Rhymes, Stevie Wonder, Foxy Brown and Queen Latifah, is due June 10.

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