He had suffered a stroke in April 2003 from which he never quite recovered. Vandross, who was beloved by everyone who knew him, suffered from diabetes and severe swings in weight.
But those close to him tell me that Vandross didn’t have to die. What will come out in the next few days will be the story of how his manager, Carmen Romano, fought to keep Luther on track with his medical care. Opposing Romano were Vandross’s mother and sister.
“They did not keep appointments he was supposed to have,” a source said. “It was a constant struggle to get Luther the attention he needed.”
Vandross, I am told, was having physical therapy at the time of his death.
“They were walking him and he just collapsed,” a source said.
More to come, most certainly.