, having never really recovered from a stroke he suffered two years ago. Recently, The Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler got the opportunity to sit down with his mother, Mary Vandross, to talk about her memories and his music.
"I lost my last son, my last child," Mary Vandross said. "He was the baby of four. I lost a very good friend, someone that I could talk with and who understood me."
Like many of his fans, Syler was stunned to hear about his death because there had been indications that he was getting better.
"Believe me when I say it is as much a shock to me as it is to anyone," Mary Vandross said. "But about three weeks before his death, I went to visit him and when I got ready to leave there was a difference. It was very strange, and I called his manager and I said, 'You know, I think I'm losing my son.' "
Asked what she thinks of when she hears his music, Mary Vandross said, "I like remembering when he was coming into his music and how he shocked me. I knew that he loved music because you could make him clean the house like an electric maid if you tell him you were going to buy him a record."
Now with the album, "So Amazing," she thinks of the love her son shared with all the people playing tribute to him.