Bobby Womack, a colourful 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 said the singer died Friday 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 & Arts Festival and seemed in good health and spirits.
Womack's music caught the attention of the Stones in the 1960s and influenced many early rockers before fading from popular music for more than a decade.
Albarn and XL Recordings president Richard Russell helped Womack regain his career with 2012 comeback album The Bravest Man in the Universe.
I'm so sad to hear about my friend Bobby Womack ~ the man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes with his passing.— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) June 28, 2014
you youngsters don't know who Bobby Womack was , but i had some amazing times with him and The @RollingStones in the 80's...RIP— Steve Lillywhite CBE (@Sillywhite) June 28, 2014
Heroes get remembered, but legends never die #RIPBobbyWomack— CeeLo Green (@CeeLoGreen) June 28, 2014
I am sad to hear of the passing of my long time friend Bobby Womack. He was a special person with a special talent. I will truly miss him.— Ronald Isley (@TheRealRonIsley) June 27, 2014