Roberta Flack lives with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The progressive neurodegenerative disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease,” made it impossible [for Flack] Singing is not easy speaking, “according to a press release.
The news of Flack’s diagnosis was shared in a press release that also noted that a documentary about the singer will premiere this month at the NYC Doc. Directed, produced and written by Antonino D’Ambrosio, Roberta Flack Featuring archive footage and interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Yoko Ono, Angela Davis, and more. The film will be available to the public on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 on PBS.
The press release also noted that next year, Flack will publish Green Piano: How Music Found a Bit of Me, an autobiographical picture book co-written with Tonya Bolden with artwork by Hayden Goodman. It was January 10th via Ann Schwartz Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.