Roberta Flack is unable to sing after ALS diagnosis

Grammy-winning musician Roberta Flack has been left unable to sing after being diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The “Killing Me Softly with His Song” performer is also having difficulty speaking, her manager said on Monday.

Flack, 85, has won four Grammy awards and received 14 nominations.

A documentary about her life is set to premier next week in New York. She also has plans to publish a children’s book in January.

In addition to Killing Me Softly – which was later covered by musician Lauren Hill – Flack is known for songs including “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face”, which launched her to stardom after it was used in Clint Eastwood film Play Misty for Me, and “Feel Like Makin’ Love”.

Her condition – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – “has made it impossible to sing and not easy to speak,” her management said in a statement.

“But it will take a lot more than ALS to silence this icon,” they said, adding that she “plans to stay active in her…

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