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Luther Vandross

Age: 54

Grammy Award–winning R&B singer who started his career singing backup vocals for stars such as David Bowie, Ringo Starr, and Barbra Streisand. In his trademark romantic, soulful style, he recorded 15 solo albums and topped the R&B charts with hits such as “Give Me the Reason” and “Here and Now.”

Died: Edison, N.J., July 1, 2005

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