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Luther Vandross Recovering From Stroke

Grammy-winner Luther Vandross is recovering from a stroke, but it wasn't clear whether the R&B singer's motor skills have been impaired, his spokesperson said. Vandross, who turns 52 on Sunday (Ap

Grammy-winner Luther Vandross is recovering from a stroke, but it wasn't clear whether the R&B singer's motor skills have been impaired, his spokesperson said. Vandross, who turns 52 on Sunday (April 20), suffered the stroke Wednesday, according to a statement from his business manager, Carmen Romano. "Family and friends are hopeful for a speedy recovery," the statement said. No further details about his condition were included.

A spokesperson at Vandross' label, J Records, confirmed that the singer was hospitalized in New York, but said there was no further information. "We're all very optimistic at this point," the spokesperson said.

Vandross' deep, silky voice has anchored romantic hits such as "Here and Now, "A House is Not a Home," and "Any Love." As previously reported, he had recently completed work on a new album, "Dance With My Father," which is due for a June 17 release by J.

The J spokesperson said Vandross was in good health, but the artist has long battled weight problems. At one point, he weighed more than 330 pounds, and his weight fluctuated dramatically over the years.

Vandross said in a 2001 interview that his excess weight had led to diabetes and hypertension, but he had been able to keep his weight down for three years through diet and exercise. However, the singer recently had gained weight again.


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