Madonna ‘REMOVES’ image of Luther Vandross from her AIDS tribute…see WHY


Madonna had been paying tribute to artists who have passed away from AIDS during her Celebrations tour, but a recent performance included a surprising inclusion: Luther Vandross.

An image of Vandross was shown next to Queen singer Freddie Mercury during Madonna’s Sacramento tour stop on Saturday.

Cause of Luther Vandross’ Death

After word of the image surfaced, the late singer – who passed away in 2005 at 54, from complications of a 2003 stroke – his estate reached out to Madonna, who had the image quietly removed.

Vandross’ estate clarified that the singer was never diagnosed with AIDS or the HIV virus in a statement. 

Details of The Statement

‘Luther Vandross passed away in 2005 due to complications from a stroke suffered two years earlier,’ the estate said in a statement.

‘While we appreciate Madonna’s recognition of those lives lost to AIDS, Luther was NEVER diagnosed with AIDS or the HIV Virus,’ the statement continued.

‘We’re not sure where she or her production team received false medical information claiming otherwise,’ the statement added.

‘We’re currently in contact with her management to remove Luther Vandross from the tribute,’ the statement concluded, with the report adding that Madonna did remove the image from the tribute.

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How The Image of Vandross Leaked

The news of Vandross’ image being added to the tribute surfaced from an Instagram user named Kevin James Smith, who has been following Madonna on tour.

He had showed a photo of his friend Tommy, who also died of AIDS, during the Seattle show, and he was able to get the photo included in the tribute for the Saturday show in Sacramento.

He posted a video of the tribute, which showed Vandross pictured next to Queen’s Freddie Mercury.

That post was noticed by Encyclopedia Madonnica author Matthew Rettenmund, who posted the image on his Instagram.

‘An interesting development at Madonna’s Sacramento “Celebration Tour” show Saturday night. Kevin ( was able to get his late friend Tommy added to the “Live to Tell” AIDS Memorial wall, which is so wonderful,’ he began. 

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