Buffalo music legend Lance Diamond is being treated for heart complications at Buffalo General Medical Center, family members said Wednesday.
The popular performer, dubbed the “hardest working man in Buffalo show business,” was forced to cancel his New Year’s Eve performance at Milkie’s on Elmwood Avenue.
Diamond began suffering issues with his heart shortly after Christmas, his family said.
A staple in Buffalo’s music scene – regularly entertaining lively crowds in the old Elmwood Lounge – the city’s version of Barry White has been crooning for four decades. His radio show, “Saturday Night Dance Party,” was popular on 96.1 FM for several years.
“There are many emotions that are wrapped up to describe him. He loves where he lives,” said Diamond’s sister, Paulette Counts. “He’s been offered so many jobs elsewhere and he just wouldn’t go. He loves western New York. I just want people to know that he needs them right now. I need the Buffalo area to pray and pull him through this."
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