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Roberta Flack has been diagnosed with ALS

Roberta Flack has been diagnosed with ALS

‘Killing Me Softly’ singer Roberta Flack has ALS that makes it ‘impossible to sing’

Roberta Flack’s condition is believed to be worsening with each day that passes

The singer is an honorary member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Roberta Flack (pictured with her late husband of 38 years, the pianist/composer Arthur Blythe) has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a condition that makes it impossible for her to sing

Roberta Flack, known for having more in common with The Beatles than most people realise, is now fighting to save her voice which is not only the most used instrument in the world, but which also allows her to sing at a level that is normally only possible for a very few.

The singer and songwriter, 74, has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS – commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease – which means she is unable to move her fingers and she has a difficult time breathing.

Her condition is believed to be worsening with each day that passes as medical professionals say there is no cure for ALS.

It is believed that she is ‘in the final stage’ of the disease with an estimated three years left on this earth.

Her family has given a statement to PEOPLE magazine saying: ‘It is with extreme sadness that Roberta has passed away today due to complications from ALS, which was a tragedy of the worst kind.

‘We appreciate our privacy as we have lost a hero in her life. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to our family and friends for their kind support and to all who knew Roberta for being so supportive to us in so many ways.

Roberta Flack was diagnosed with ALS. She recently performed at the Kennedy Center Honors in honour of former President Bill Clinton

‘Thank you for welcoming us into your lives and family, including our two dear kids, James and Julia, our nephew, Dylan, and our beloved sister-in-law, Joan.

‘We were touched by the kindness, support, and love from family and friends. May they find the peace that we know is theirs.’

Flack was diagnosed with ALS when she was 45 years old four years ago, but her condition has been deteriorating ever since.

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