Roberta Flack Was Rushed to the Hospital During Her Performance at the Apollo Theater
Roberta Flack’s performance at the Apollo Theater was cut short Friday night when she was rushed to a nearby hospital mid-show. Earlier Friday evening, Flack arrived at the Apollo in a wheelchair for red carpet photos, looking “beautiful with hair and makeup,” Marcus said.
She was being honored at the foundation’s annual benefit concert, called “A Great Night In Harlem.” The show still went on, including a tribute segment to the singer who had gained fame in the 1970s and 1980s with such hit songs as “Killing Me Softly” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”
Featured performers at the benefit included Cassandra Wilson, Nona Hendryx, and Alabama Shakes’ lead singer, Brittany Howard.
Flack’s manager, Suzanne Koga, was not immediately available on Saturday. The mission of the Jazz Foundation of America is to provide emergency support to great jazz and blues musicians who fall on hard times and to preserve their musical legacy.
via TMZ: Roberta was performing a charity concert for the Jazz Foundation of America when she fell ill. FDNY tells us the ambulance arrived around 8:50 PM, and she was taken to a hospital in Harlem. We’re told the 81-year-old singer Roberta was able to leave the stage under her own power … before someone called for the ambulance. FDNY says they were responding to a call for a “sick person.”
We’ve got a call in to her rep for an update on her condition.
Roberta had enormous hits in the 70s and 80s … including “Killing Me Softly,” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Set the Night to Music.”