Bobby Womack, singer with brave 2nd act, dies

By Chris Talbott

Associated Press

Published: Friday, June 27 2014 7:26 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, musician Bobby Womack poses for a portrait to promote a new album, "The Bravest Man in the Universe." Womack, 70, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who impacted artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. Womack's publicist Sonya Kolowrat confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday, June 27, 2014, that the singer died but had no other details to provide.

AP, file, Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who impacted artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, had 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 & Arts Festival and seemed in good health and spirits.

Womack's 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."

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