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Mary Ida Vandross: Mother of Luther Vandross Passes Away

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By Brennan Williams, BlackVoices.com


Last week Mary Ida Vandross, the mother of R&B legend Luther Vandross, died of natural causes.

She was 82.

Vandross outlived all four of her children, as well as her only grandchild.

Following Luther's sudden stroke in 2005, she spoke to 'Access Hollywood' about losing her son.

"I miss him tremendously as he was the last of my four children to pass away," she said."You knew him as such a big, strong person and to see him brought down from diabetes to a weakling - it's almost unbearable."

She was prominently featured in the promotional campaign for his posthumous music releases, including the latter -- the celebrity-clad project, 'So Amazing ... An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross,' which featured the likes of Beyonce, Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Usher, Mary J. Blige and Stevie Wonder covering his most beloved tunes.

No additional information on her death was available at press time.

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