*Here’s an update on legendary singer Roberta Flack who fell ill Friday evening in New York at the Apollo Theater and was taken to a hospital. Since then, the singer checked out of the hospital, but doctors are still running tests to determine why she fell ill in the first place. The rep adds that Flack had a stroke in 2016, and doctors want to make sure this episode is not related to the stroke.
Regarding her symptoms on Friday evening, reports say she felt extremely dizzy as she was supposed to walk out onstage to receive an award. Due to her age and the previous stroke, paramedics were called immediately.
The “Killing Me Softly” singer was performing a charity concert for the Jazz Foundation of America when she fell ill. FDNY told TMZ the ambulance arrived around 8:50 PM EST and she was transported to a hospital in Harlem.
Flack, 81, was able to leave the stage under her own power before someone called for the ambulance. FDNY says they were responding to a call for a “sick person.”
Flack, probably best known for her gigantic 70s hit “Killing Me Softly,” has appeared on numerous TV shows and supplied music for the soundtracks of countless films and television spots during her long career. In addition to “Killing Me Softly,” her hits also include “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and her duets with Donny Hathaway such as “Back in Love Again,” “The Closer I get to You” and the funky “Back Together Again.”
Get well Roberta! We love you!