Singer Roberta Flack Rushed to the Hospital After She Fell Ill at the Apollo Theater
Roberta Flack was rushed out of the historic Apollo Theater on Friday night as she was set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award
Roberta Flack was rushed out of the historic Apollo Theater on Friday night and taken to the hospital.
The singer, 81, was set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Foundation of America during a benefit concert when fell ill, her manager tells PEOPLE.
“She suffered a stroke a few years ago,” her rep says. “She didn’t feel well so it was best to take her to the hospital. She’s doing fine but is being kept overnight for observation.”
Flack was able to walk off the stage on her own but required an ambulance to take her to a hospital in Harlem, New York, according to TMZ.
James Mtume, a musician, shared a photo of himself alongside Flack on Friday before the show in which she smiled at the camera while wearing dark sunglasses and a gold bejeweled top.
The singer is best known for her No. 1 singles “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love.”
While Flack was not the first person to perform and record “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (Lori Lieberman first recorded it in 1971), Flack released her version in January 1973 where it stayed in the No. 1 position for five weeks.
She is the only singer to win the Grammy Award for record of the year for two consecutive years.