Roberta Flack Died in New Jersey

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

Died: Roberta Flack – pictured on stage in 1979 – had the disease that made singing difficult for the last eight years

Roberta Flack, who with husband Andrew Tannam has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has been diagnosed with the incurable motor neurone disease Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She can still play the piano with fingers that are barely able to move.

The singer, 78, died Saturday in New Jersey and was buried next to husband Andrew Tannam, who has ALS that renders him almost completely speechless. They were married for 56 years.

Flack was one of the first artists to record live to vinyl when her band The Roberta Flack Singers toured Britain in 1970.

She died Saturday in New Jersey and was buried next to husband Andrew Tannam, who has ALS that renders him almost completely speechless

The singer, 78, who is known for her songs that deal with a wide range of emotions, died Saturday in New Jersey and was buried next to husband Andrew Tannam, who has ALS that renders him almost completely speechless

‘In the last ten years Bob has not sung with the same confidence that we know she used to do,’ said Andrew’s daughter, Kelly Tannam.

‘Bob has not sung as often as she wanted to and we’ve been waiting for that call to make us proud.’ Andrew’s condition has led to a diminished quality of life. But since the illness appeared, he has continued to work and enjoy life with his family.

‘It’s hard for him to talk, he can still move his fingers but most of us can barely hear him speak,’ Kelly told The Associated Press. While Bob would not say how long she could expect him to survive, she said he hoped for the longest.

Flack toured in many styles, but was usually best known for her ballads and intimate performances with the

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