Killing Me Softly star is silenced by Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Killing Me Softly star is silenced by Lou Gehrig’s Disease


norman lebrecht

November 14, 2022

US media are reporting tonight that Roberta Flack has been silenced forecer by the wasting disease ALS.

Flack, 85, was the first artist to win a Grammy Record of the Year in successive years – for “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” in 1973 folowed by “Killing Me Softly with His Song” in 1974.


  • Monty Earleman says:

    One of the cruelest of all diseases…..

    • Greg Bottini says:

      You’re right, Monty.
      The body horribly wastes away while the mind stays alert. My uncle Gordy succumbed to this disease, and I’ll always honor him for the mental fortitude and grace with which he stuck it out to the end.
      My sincere best wishes go out to you, Roberta.
      Hang in there, beautiful….

  • Fliszt says:

    Bless you Roberta! Your artistry will be cherished eternally.

  • MMcGrath says:

    Remembering her songs as I write.

  • Roland says:

    What a wonderful artist! May she rest in peace; by her music she will live on in the hearts of many music lovers.

    • Roland says:

      What a lurid headline!!! Norman, these words are a NO-GO!!! ‚Silenced forever‘ means nothing else than DEAD! Next time, choose your words mire carefully!

  • MacroV says:

    It’s an awful disease; my mother died from it, but fortunately at age 82; the real tragedy is when it hits someone in their 30s or 40s.

    Terrible as ALS is, we can appreciate that Roberta Flack has at least had a long and eventful life, even while lamenting it will end this way.