American Idol victor Ruben Studdard has recorded a special message to ailing crooner Luther Vandross after hearing he's a huge fan.

The heavyweight singer was looking forward to meeting his hero when Vandross announced his interest in becoming a guest judge on the hit TV talent show, but the soul star suffered a stroke before he had a chance to join the Idol regulars.

But after hearing that Vandross secretly wanted to duet with him, Studdard recorded a message to the star.

He said, "I really wanted you to be well so you can give me some more of that great music."

Vandross is still in a coma in New York's WEILL-CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE after suffering a stroke a month ago (APR03).

29/05/2003 09:10