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Roberta Flack Hospitalized After Falling Ill During Award Ceremony

by VVN Music

Classic singer Roberta Flack was hospitalized on Friday (April 20) after feeling faint during an award presentation at New York's Apollo Theater.

Flack was doing a show and was scheduled to accept the Jazz Foundation of America Lifetime Achievement Award when she became ill. According to TMZ, she was able to get off the stage before an ambulance was called.

While faintness may not be an alarming symptom in most cases, Flack had suffered a stroke in 2016 and her people did not want to take a chance that this was somehow related.

She was taken to Harlem Hospital where she stayed for a few hours before being released. Her doctors still felt she should be under observation, so she checked into another Manhattan facility.

Flack, 81, had a string of hits in the early and mid-70's including "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "Feel Like Makin' Love" and two with Donny Hathaway, "Where is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You".  To this day, she is still the only artist to win the Grammy for Record of the Year two years in a row with "First Time Ever" and "Killing Me Softly".