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Singer-songwriter Bobby Womack dies at the age of 70

 
Posted June 27th, 2014 @ 9:59pm

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who impacted artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died.  He was 70.

Womack's publicist Sonya Kolowrat confirmed Friday that the singer had died but had no other details to provide.

Womack was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease two years ago and dealt with a number of health issues, including prostate cancer.

Womack performed recently at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and seemed in good health and spirits.

Womack caught the attention of the Stones in the 1960s and influenced many early rockers before facing from popular music for more than a decade.

Albarn and XL Recordings President Richard Russell helped Womack regain his carer with a 2012 comeback album "The Bravest Man in the Universe".

Womack, a native of Cleveland's East 85th and Quincy neighborhood, was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press----All Rights Reserved)

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