R&B superstar Luther Vandross died last night (Friday) at age 54. Cause of death “unreleased,” but the papers note that he never recovered from a massive stroke two years ago. I am shocked to note that most of the glowing eulogies mention the word “diabetes” only in passing, generally in the very last paragraph of the story! Only Fox News hints at poor diabetes management.
He was a beloved soul singer who will be sorely missed. Age 54! This should not have been. Note that Luther’s father, brother, and sister all died of diabetes complications. Very heavy sigh.
Just a few months ago, Luther’s mother Mary Ida and his longtime personal assistant Max Szadek launched a new program called Divabetic with the tagline: “Glam more, fear less.” This campaign to mix “meds and mascara” is hoping to make taking control of your diabetes glamorous and appealing, especially to the black and Latino communities. Check out Max’s “Boast & Post” board, which is essentially a blog on who’s doing what in the diabetic diva world. The approach is fun. Sadly, the singer himself won’t be able to enjoy the results.