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Madonna takes out Luther Vandross tribute from her ‘Celebration’ tour after his estate asks

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Madonna made a change to her tribute performance for the late R&B singer Luther Vandross, following a request from Vandross’s estate.

In her “Celebration Tour,” Madonna had a visual presentation honoring artists who died from AIDS-related issues, like Freddy Mercury and Keith Haring. Originally, Vandross was included in this tribute. However, after a performance in California, Vandross’s estate contacted Madonna’s team to ask for a correction.

Vandross’s estate clarified that while they appreciated Madonna acknowledging lives lost to AIDS, Vandross himself was not diagnosed with AIDS or HIV. He passed away in 2005 from complications stemming from a stroke he had two years prior.

Representatives for Madonna and Vandross’s estate haven’t provided additional comments when CNN reached out to them.

Additionally, a documentary called “Luther: Never Too Much” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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