NEW YORK (AFP) - Legendary American soul singer Luther Vandross died at the age of 54, two years after suffering a devastating stroke that left him debilitated for the rest of his life, a hospital spokesman told AFP.
The Grammy Award-winning musical star died at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, in the eastern US state of New Jersey.
"At 1:47pm (1747 GMT) at the JFK Medical Center, Luther Vandross had a peaceful passing under the watchful eyes of friends, family and his medical support team," said hospital spokesman Robert Cavanaugh.
"Luther Vandross suffered a stroke two years ago which he never fully recovered from. "Luther was deeply touched by all the thoughts and wishes from his fans," Cavanaugh said.
A sad loss......he was the Johnny Mathis of our generation. If you couldn't get a girl to make out with you while Luther was playin'........