Roberta Flack Rushed To Hospital From Apollo Theater Appearance, Now Under Observation
Flack has been transferred from the Harlem hospital to another Manhattan hospital where she’s under the care of her private doctors, Marcus said.
“They are keeping her for observation and expect she’ll be released in the next couple of days.” 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.