Luther died at the age of 54 but till that time he was never married. His nationality is American and he was of black ethnicity.
Luther grew up in NYCHA Alfred E. Smith Houses public housing development. He began playing piano since he was aged three. As his father was an upholsterer and singer, he also grew up with a love and attachment in music. While he was attending his high school, he performed for Shades of Jade. He also performed at the Apollo Theater. He also featured in the singles like Only Love Can Make a Better World and Listen My Brother. While he was in Bronx, New York City, he got enrolled at William Howard Taft High School. He also graduated from there in 1969. After graduating from there, he joined Western Michigan University but he dropped out from there within a year. From the early 1970s, he began performing with several musical artists. He featured on the Delores Hall's Hall-Mark album in 1973. In 1975, he wrote the single Fascination. After working as a backing vocalist for several musical artists like Ben E. King, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Donna Summer, he began pursuing his own solo career and his debut albums Never Too Much was released on 12th of August 1981. His second album Forever, for Always, for Love was released at the end of 1982. He also featured on several songs. His net worth was $30 million dollars.
When Luther was eight years old, his father died of diabetes. He was also diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension at the later stage of his life. In the early 2003, he suffered a severe stroke. On July 1, 2005, he died at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey and the reason of his death was the hereditary disease diabetes.