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Although the legendary Luther Vandross passed away in 2005 at the age of 54 from a diabetes-induced stroke, his music lives on, not only in CDs, but also in a campaign to end stroke.
His 2006 Grammy-nominated tribute album, Forever, For Always, For Luther, promoted diabetes awareness and now the second volume, released in November, includes information about the warning signs of stroke. Proceeds from album sales will go to the American Stroke Association's Power to End Stroke campaign targeted to reach African-Americans about studies indicating their increased risk for stroke. While stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., African-Americans are at greater risk for stroke compared to the general population and almost twice as likely to suffer a stroke compared to white Americans, says American Stroke Association spokesperson Toiya Honore.
Patti Austin, Will Downing, and Norman Brown are just some of the famous artists who lend their voices to this musical collaboration. Stroke awareness never sounded so good.