“I exercise five days a week, I eat 1,000 calories a day, I lost 124 pounds and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with me,” Vandross told the crowd July 1 at the Louisiana Superdome.

The soul singer also took a swipe at gossip-mongers and widespread rumors last week that he had died.

“It makes me feel good when I sing this song,” he said by way of introduction to his “IfOnly For One Night.”

“And I sound real good for somebody’s who’s dead.”