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Roberta Flack’s ALS diagnosis “makes it impossible to sing,”

85-year-old singer Roberta Flack has been given the diagnosis of ALS, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron disease, and is no longer able to sing according to her manager.

“The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” and “Killing Me Softly with His Song” are the two songs that the American actress, who is also a classically trained pianist, is best known for.  Experts say that anyone can be affected by the relatively uncommon amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s illness or ALS).

Tens of thousands of Americans, including famous athletes, politicians, celebrities, and sports figures, have all struggled with the illness. Roberta Flack, an R&B singer, was recently diagnosed with ALS, which has “rendered it hard for her to sing,” according to a spokesperson.

Roberta Flack Won Grammy Award:

In the 1970s, three of Roberta Flack’s songs peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. According to Billboard, her first song was “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” in 1972, followed by “Killing Me Softly with His Song” the following year.

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The end of that streak was “Feel Like Makin’ Love” in 1974. When the Fugees covered the song, “Killing Me Softly with His Song” exploded back onto the music landscape. In 1997, their rendition of the song took home the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Flack has received four Grammy nominations. Flack received the lifetime achievement award from the National Trustees of the Recording Academy in 2020.

What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

The brain and spinal cords nerve cells gradually deteriorate and eventually die as a result of Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The CDC conducts surveys to determine prevalence since, like the majority of noncommunicable diseases, ALS cases are not reported to federal health officials. According to the most current survey, which was released in 2017, there are roughly 18,000 to 31,000 cases of ALS in the United States.

ALS belongs to the same group of degenerative brain disorders as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Their genetic origins are comparable and occasionally shared.

News of Diagnosis of ALS:

The diagnosis comes just days before the screening of a feature-length documentary about Flack and her career at the DOC NYC documentary film festival in New York on Thursday. In January, it will be shown on US television as a part of PBS’s American Masters series.

According to Ms. Koga, Flack “plans to keep engaged in her musical and creative activities,” including through the nonprofit Roberta Flack Foundation, which supports animal welfare and aids young people, particularly girls, with their musical education.

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She also has plans to release The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music, a children’s book that she co-wrote with Tonya Bolden.

In 2016, Flack experienced a stroke. She also experienced COVID-19 symptoms in January.

Shock stated that the singer will continue to pursue charity and educational endeavors via the Roberta Flack Foundation, adding that “it will take a lot more than ALS to silence this icon.”

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