Roberta Flack has been identified with a neurodegenerative illness and would possibly perchance possibly perchance no longer mumble.

In an announcement, supervisor Suzanne Koga announced that the Grammy Award-a success artist has been struggling with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

“(The illness) has made it impossible to mumble and no longer easy to discuss,” she mentioned. “But this would possibly perchance possibly hold lots bigger than ALS to silence this icon.”

The news comes earlier than the premiere of Roberta, a documentary about the singer’s life, at the DOC NYC movie competition in Recent York City on Thursday night time.

Reflecting on the venture, Flack shared that she hopes this would possibly perchance possibly inspire a brand fresh know-how of skill.

“I truly bear long dreamed of telling my memoir to formative years about that first inexperienced piano that my father bought for me from the junkyard in the hope that they would be impressed to attain for their needs,” the 85-year-old commented. “I want them to perceive that needs can contrivance lawful with persistence, encouragement from family and company, and most of all belief in yourself.”

Flack, identified for the songs The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Killing Me Softly with His Tune, suffered a stroke in 2016.

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