Eight months after his death, singer Luther Vandross’ friends are helping him out of the closet in an Out magazine feature. “He was way ‘in,'” alleges comic Bruce Vilanch. “He said to me, ‘No one knows I’m in the life.’ … He had very few sexual contacts.” Columnist Michael Musto recalled, “A famously open gay singer-songwriter [told me] Luther was dying to have a boyfriend.” The article at nydailynews.com has since been removed.
Mary Vandross gave her first television interview since the passing of her son, soul singer Luther Vandross. She opened up about Luther’s final days and the outpouring of support she has received. Watch the interview via CBSNews.com below.
On the Sugar Water Festival tour, Queen Latifah performs a few songs with fellow songstresses Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, including a tribute to smooth soul crooner Luther Vandross, who died last month. “I had the pleasure and the privilege of doing a song with him on his last album,” Latifah tells the Las Vegas Review Journal. “It was kind of cool. I came and the studio was all warm and champagne was waitin’. He was an excellent host, and it was a peaceful place to be. I had him sign the bottle of champagne we just drank.” Vandross passed away not long afterward. “When I went home for the first time after the news that he had moved on, I looked at that bottle like ‘Da-a-a-amn.’ … He had such a big influence on me and so many other people. Just a perfect musician.”
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Erykah Badu, Freddie Jackson, Jaheim, and Vivian Green performed at the KISS FM Musical Tribute to Luther Vandross on July 11th at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
Insiders tell Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com that Luther Vandross’ death was not necessary, insisting that Luther’s mother and a woman who may have been a niece or cousin — not a sister, as Friedman first reported — were not as vigilant as they could have been about Luther’s medical care. “If he had had the kind of people around him like Chris Reeve had, he would have lived longer,” the source said, citing their decision to use their rehab doctor in New Jersey as their main physician, rather than specialists in New York who could have done more good. Read more.
Luther Vandross was memorialized Friday during a rollicking, sweet and emotional tribute at a New York City church. Watch a report from CBS News correspondent Scott Rapoport below.
Late singer Luther Vandross received an all-star tribute Thursday as hundreds of friends, family and fans lined up in front of a New York funeral home to shower their love on the great star. And as Vandross was laid to rest, his famous friends, including Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles, Lionel Richie, and Patti LaBelle shared their memories of the legend with ‘Extra’. Read more.
Jawn Murray’s BV Buzz shares that fans at this year’s Essence Music Festival wondered if the news of Luther Vandross’s passing was true, recalling rumors of Vandross’ death that circulated in 2000 days before he performed at Essence. Hear about the wardrobe malfunction during Destiny’s Child’s concert. And there’s also news on Boris Kodjoe, Lil Wayne, The Fugees and Kym Whitley.
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The Associated Press spoke with friends of Luther Vandross following the soul singer’s death on Friday. “He was one of the greatest voices that ever sang a song,” said singer Patti LaBelle, a longtime friend and fan of Vandross. “He was one of the sweetest men I have ever known. And he was one of the best friends I have ever had.”