In 2003, Luther released the album Dance with My Father, his only record to hit number one and his best-selling studio album ever. The album earned him four of his Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year.
Two months before Dance with My Father hit stores, Luther suffered a massive stroke that left him in a coma for six weeks. In May 2004, he granted Oprah his first and only interview after his stroke, revealing that he planned to move forward from his setback with intense therapy and rehab. "I'll be singing at 80," he said.
One year later, Luther died at age 52. "He was the doctor of love," Oprah said during an Oprah Show tribute to Luther that featured performances by Usher and Pattie LaBelle. "We miss him, and we love him."
Oprah said Luther had a lot to teach her. "I learned [from Luther] the meaning of living well," Oprah said. "He had Lalique glasses to drink Kool-Aid out of. He lived so fabulously."
A tribute to Luther Vandross