Why Luther Vandross Inspires an Entourage of Diabetes Support
Luther Vandross was the dominant voice in R&B music for generations in the 80’s, 90’s and beyond with his silky smooth voice and timeless songs of love and life. Throughout his musical career with CBS/Sony’s Epic records he amassed sales of 40 million records, 13 Platinum/multi-Platinum albums, eight Grammy Awards and countless other honors, awards and professional and charitable recognitions.
With larger-than-life talents and a persona to match, Luther was surrounded by publicists, producers, handlers and assistants. Yet he suffered alone with his diabetes. He had an incredible drive for perfection and an even bigger passion for performing, entertaining, and making his audiences happy whether through a concert, television, movie, or even Sesame Street. Yet he did not pause for himself. It led to his stroke and eventually complications caused his death, a heartbreaking day for his family, friends and millions of fans.
This inconceivable occurrence was the founding inspiration for Max Szadek to start Divabetic. As Luther’s personal assistant, he wanted to encourage a new attitude about diabetes. One of their guiding principles is for people living with diabetes to have an entourage of family, friend and health care professionals to help with their self-care management.
Diabetes may have silenced one of the world’s greatest voices, but his worldwide influence endures. In this special space, enjoy Luther’s legacy through tribute podcasts, memories and music, courtesy of Sony Records. We love you Luther.
Tell everyone to try
I promise you’ll reach the sky
One thing that we can’t deny
Is the power of love
Don’t let diabetes stop the music.
Photos courtesy of LutherVandross.com