Legendary soul singer Luther Vandross passed away last Friday at the age of 54 at a New Jersey hospital surrounded by family and friends. Though the cause of death has not been revealed it was said that the singer never fully recovered from the stroke he suffered two years ago. After the stroke Vandross' health was further complicated when he contracted pneumonia, forcing doctors to perform a tracheotomy to help with his breathing.
After years as a session musician Vandross would release his first solo album in 1981 and would go onto sell more than 25 millions albums worldwide and have countless hits including "Always and Forever" and "Never Too Much." His last album Dance With My Father won four Grammy Awards.
Stars such as Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, and Patti Labelle are said to have called his publicist, to send condolences.