Unfortunately, fans will no longer hear Roberta Flack sing. Her representative announced on Monday (Nov. 15) that she has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and can no longer sing.
Flack’s manager Suzannae Koga released a statement saying the disease “has made it impossible for her to sing and it's difficult for her to speak.” Koga continued and said “it will take a lot more than ALS to silence this icon.”
Flack is popular for her hits including “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” which propelled her into fame after Clint Eastwood used it during a love scene in his 1971 film, “Play Misty for Me.”
The statement also says, Flack, now 85 “plans to stay active in her musical and creative pursuits” through her foundation and other ventures.
Flack suffered a stroke in 2016.