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Last Updated: Friday, 10 October, 2003, 08:18 GMT 09:18 UK
Star 'singing again after stroke'
Luther Vandross
Vandross' latest album went to number one in the US
Soul legend Luther Vandross is singing again six months after suffering a stroke, according to a report.

Vandross, 52, fell ill in April after a blood vessel ruptured in his brain and he was hit by meningitis and pneumonia.

Friends and family of the star have told People magazine in the US that he is in rehabilitation, having five hours of therapy a day on most days.

"His voice is the same as it ever was. He's back," his friend and singer Patti LaBelle said.

She said his mind was sharp enough to correct her lyrics when they were rehearsing a song together.

Vandross had a tracheotomy tube, inserted to help his breathing, removed in June.


He is now learning how to get in and out of a car and does physical exercises to regain his strength, the magazine said.

He also does mental puzzles like crosswords and plays blackjack, friends said.

Vandross' mother Mary, 80, has previously blamed her son's hectic schedule for the stroke and said he had been overeating before being stricken.

The singer has sold more than 20 million records during his career, and won four Grammy awards in the 1990s.

His latest album, Dance With My Father, was released after he fell ill and went to number one in the US chart.

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