Soul Legend Luther Vandross Dead at 54

(antiMusic) Romantic soul crooner Luther Vandross died Friday afternoon at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J. The 54 year old singer suffered a stroke two years ago that he never fully recovered from, according to a statement from the medical center.

The statement did not specify a cause of death but did say that the eight time Grammy award winning singer "had a peaceful passing under the watchful eye of friends, family and the medical support team."

Vandross was the most recognizable romantic soul singers of the 80s with major success in the R&B market. He hit the pop mainstream in 1989 with the song "Here and Now," which broke the Pop Top 10.

Vandross was hoping for a comeback in 2003 with the release of his deeply personal album, "Dance With My Father," however he suffered a stroke shortly before the album hit the stores. The album did go on to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts and Vandross made a strong showing at the Grammys, taking home four awards including song of the year for the title track from the album.

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You can find a detailed biography of Luther Vandross at the All Music Guide.

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