By Regis Yates
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Soul Singer Bobby Womack has died, he was 70. The Cleveland native passed away today ( Friday, June 27) according to his publicist, Sonya Kolowrat. At the time she could provide no further details.
Soul music legend Bobby Womack dead at 70 -- Photo credits: Rolling Stone/EOTM Media/Getty Image
Womack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and had been dealing with a number of health issues, including prostate cancer. Despite it all, he performed live at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., last week and seemed in good health, according to reports.
His older brother, Friendly Womack Jr., also confirmed the sad news noting, that Bobby was found dead, in his bed.
“I was shocked, because I just spoke to him. When I talked with Bobby last night he was getting ready to go to Amsterdam, they had seven dates out there and he was telling me that he was coming back to L.A. and he had a couple of recording companies he was looking at signing with. But things happen. God has control, and whatever happens, he is in control,” Womack said.
At the time of his death, Womack was in the process of completing a new album, tentatively titled “The Best Is Yet to Come” and, according to Rolling Stone, reportedly to feature guest spots from Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, and Snoop Dogg.
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Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. His career spanned the gospel and doo-wop late 1950s, the soul ’60s and the funky ’70s.
The singer was most famous for hits such as “Across 110th Street” and “Woman’s Gotta Have It.”
He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and in 2012 he released his first album in more than a decade, “The Bravest Man in the Universe.” The album was full of electronic music and beats.
“You know more at 65 than you did at 25. I understand the songs much better now,” he told Rolling Stone at that time.
The legend also sang background and played instruments on tracks for many other artists, including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, King Curtis, Janis Joplin and Dusty Springfield, Elvis Presley, and Sly and the Family Stone.
According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, Womack sang gospel music at a young age, performing with his brothers, The Womack Brothers.
Womack was remarried to his second wife, Regina, at the time of his death, and is survived by his wife, his two brothers, two sons and a daughter.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete, details forthcoming.
Celebrities and fans are tweeting reflections and condolences of the icon, See below.
RIP to a musical legend — he will be missed.
Rolling Stone contributed to this report.