Luther Vandross died at age 54 from complications of diabetes and other medical conditions. He never married, had no children, his 3 older siblings died before him. He left a large undisclosed amount to the children's diabetes foundation.
ON THE RISE photo | Whitney Houston In her teens, Whitney worked as a model, appearing in Seventeen, Glamour and Cosmopolitan, and performed in New York City clubs. It was during one particular singing gig in 1983 that she caught the ear of Arista music exec Clive Davis, who signed her to a record deal on the spot.