Luther Vandross Dies at Age 54

Published: 2005-07-05
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.

Writer: Trent McMartin

   

 

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You will be missed worldwide. "LUTHER" " Always loved---Never Fogotten"
Posted by: Anonymous on July 05, 2005
my name is diane howard,i've been a fan of luther vandross for many years,his music has been a blessing for me for years,it has helped me through some good and bad times in my life,i'm so glad i got to see him concert several times,he was truly a great entertainer.i'm keeping him and his mom in my prayers,he will truly be missed. i still cannot get over his passing,when i first heard about luther,i was on my way to a family affair for the 4th of july. luther will be up there in heaven,with my twin sister debra,she died 3 years ago. and she was truly a luther vandross fan too.i will miss him dearly and his music. no one can sing like luther,he was in a class all by himself.
Posted by: Diane Howard on July 05, 2005
I'm truly saddened by the passing of Mr. Luther Vandross. As a vocalist and musician myself, I grew up listening to his music. He had soul and made you feel that you were the only one he was singing to. More importantly, not only was he an icon and strong influence in the Afro-American community, he crossed over and touched the hearts of all races. Thank you, Luther. Your spirit and voice will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Anonymous on July 05, 2005
When is luther vandross funneral?email me right back and let me know please.
Posted by: Anonymous on July 05, 2005
RIP Luther.
Posted by: Anonymous on July 05, 2005
I WAS NOT A BIG FAN OF LUTHER VANDROSS, BUT I DID ENJOY LISTENING BUT AFTER WATCHING BET DOCUMENTARY ON MR. VANDROSS, I WAS EXTREMELY IMPRESSED BY THE WAY HE HANDLED HIS LIFE BY NOT RESPONDING TO RUMORS AND LIES ABOUT HIS PERSONAL LIFE, I ONLY WISH ALL ENTERTAINERS REALIZE THAT THEIR BUSINESS IS THEIR BUSINESS AND THEY OWE NOTHING TO THE PUBLIC EXCEPT TO PERFORM THEIR TALENTS WITH EXCELLANCE.

I BELIEVE THAT HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE, AND I AM PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY.

GOD BLESS!!!!
Posted by: Anonymous on July 05, 2005
THE LIGHTS HAVE BURNED OUT FOR MOST OF UR! LUTHER VANDROSS WAS D ONLY PERSON I S;EPT WITH WOKE UP AND HAD A NICE DAY WITH(LISTENING TO HIS SONGS!)I WILL MISS HIM SO DEARLY..... I DUNNO...MAY HIS LOVELY SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE AND I HOPE HE BECOMES GOD'S PERSONALY MUSICIAN!
CHISOM-NIGERIA
Posted by: Anonymous on July 06, 2005
Hi, I am very sorry to hear this unpleasant news about Mr. Luther Vandross. My blessings are with his family. He was a great singer and he will always be remembered as a legend.
Posted by: Anonymous on July 06, 2005
My prayers go out to Luthers family. He will never be replaced. God Bless you Luther on the "Other Side of the World".
Posted by: Anonymous on July 06, 2005
will always love you, there will never be another like you, my God bless & keep your Mother under his wings, fly away.... your job here is well done...
Posted by: Anonymous on July 06, 2005
Luther, you are greatly loved & will be profoundly missed. Thank you for blessing us with your voice, personality, grace & class. We know you are in Heaven at peace with the Lord. Our prayers for comfort & healing extend to Luther's mother, family, friends & to his numerous fans who loved him. God's speed dear angel!
Posted by: Anonymous on July 08, 2005
I am emailing from New Zealand. Luther had an ENORMOUS following here. One of my wishes in life was to see Luther in concert but money prevented that. However Luther nourished and nurtured my soul through some tortuous moments. I feel like I knew him personally through the beautiful music he imparted. My love goes to his family and he will always live in my heart!
Posted by: Anonymous on July 08, 2005
ever since as a child your music had always had an etheral feelings on me,cant explain how much am gonna miss ya,dance on with your father Luther!
Posted by: blazzee on July 08, 2005
Luther was a very unique gentleman with
Class and Intgrity.

Luther has left a Trail to Blaze. He has left a Legacy. The Musical Genius that he was, His Brilliance, His Sweet
Tantalizing Voice, and His Radiant Smile will for ever Live on in my heart. THE LEGEND WILL LIVE ON .

donna sands in florida
Posted by: Donna Sands on July 08, 2005
u were a true blessing your songs got me through some really difficult times u will be truly miss and im keeping your lovely mother in my prayers
Posted by: Anonymous on July 08, 2005
Dear Editors: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for sharing my sentiments on the web for all the world to view. It was my heartfelt way of expressing how we all feel about the one & only Mr. Luther Vandross. (Posted 7/8/05 - "Luther, you are greatly loved & will be profoundly missed.") Sincerely, M. Jolly
Posted by: Anonymous on July 09, 2005
Luther Vandross was a great inspiration to me when it mattered. I miss him and will always have his spirit of love in my heart. May his soul rest in eternal peace and his family be strengthen by God Almighty.
Kayla, The Bahamas
Posted by: Kayla on July 09, 2005
I remember listening to "Never too Much" about 24years ago, and being mesmerized by Lutherís Voice. I was a young teenager and I would stand in the mirror...with my comb in my hand...and try my best to sing like Luther. I realized then that Luther was one, out of a handful of artist, who's voice was so distinct and soultrious; his soul was dedicated to each note he sung. There will never be another like him. I feel that his music will be forever...timeless.
My favorite song by Luther is "Promise Me"
Darryl W.E.
Posted by: Anonymous on July 14, 2005
God bless his soul. Luther soothed my teenage heartache many a time. Though my musical taste changed over the past years his passing came as a great shock to me. A part of me died with him. I miss you man. Love, Maxim.
Posted by: Anonymous on March 08, 2006
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