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Roberta Flack suffers from the severe nervous disease ALS. The ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ singer can’t sing anymore.

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Roberta Flack (85) suffers from the nervous disease ALS. The illness made it “impossible to sing and not easy to speak”,

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a rapidly progressive disease of the central nervous system. The nerve cells that are responsible for moving muscles gradually die off. The astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) also suffered from ALS.

“But it takes a lot more than ALS to silence this icon,” Flack’s rep continued. She plans to continue her musical career and her creative output despite the illness. The singer plans to publish a children’s book next year. This week the documentary “Roberta” about her life celebrates its premiere at the Documentary Film Festival in New York.

Roberta Flack: A Grammy double hit that is still unique today

Roberta Flack was the first and, to date, only performer to win two consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Recording: in 1973 for “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” and in 1974 for “Killing Me Softly with His Song”.

In 2016, the music teacher suffered a stroke. Two years later, she announced that she would no longer perform live.

Source: Stern

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