Luther has won many awards including eight Grammy Awards, numerous Soul Train, BET, NAACP Image Awards and American Music Awards.
He was a diabetic.
Luther Vandross sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXI in 1997.
He was discovered by David Bowie, who overheard Luther singing to his song "Young Americans". Bowie put Luther on the recording of the song.
He died July 1, 2005 in New Jersey after never having fully recovered from a stroke he suffered 2 and a half years earlier.