Roberta Flack called Luther Vandross and told him that she was planning a reunion with her old college buddy and duet partner Donny Hathaway. They had been estranged for a few years. She was dealing with her issues and he was dealing with his. Donny often thought audiences preferred acts like Stevie Wonder and Al Green over him. He heard the cheers and screams of the audience and wondered why he deserved it. For a time, he was hospitalized for depression.
However, everyone thought he was slowly beginning to manage his consuming doubts. It seemed the perfect time for Roberta and Donny to revive their musical partnership. One winter evening, Donny was over at Roberta's apartment for dinner to talk about a new album.
They chowed down on fish, rice, salad and spoon bread and discussed plans for the future. Roberta dropped him off at his hotel room after they finished eating. Before heading upstairs, he asked Roberta, "Do you have any more of that cake?" referring to a dessert her housekeeper had brought back from a trip to Jamaica. "No, you guys ate it up, Robert said but she promised him they could get some more. He smiled and said, "That was so good." Those were the last words he spoke to Roberta.
Sometime later that night, alone in his room, he walked over to the window and removed the safety glass. He placed it down neatly on the bed. Then he walked back to the window and hurled himself down thirteen stories.
Source: "Luther, The Life and Longing Of Luther Vandross," by Craig Seymour