Singing legend Luther Vandross is recovering in hospital in New York after suffering a stroke.

According to a statement released by his business manager CARMEN ROMANO, the 51-year-old GRAMMY-winner suffered a stroke on Wednesday (16APR03).

Romano says, "He is under medical care and his family and friends are hopeful for a speedy recovery."

Although further details about the singers' condition have not been made available, LOIS NAJARIAN, a spokeswoman at Vandross' record label J RECORDS says, "We're all very optimistic at his point."