Brigitte Engl Collection R&B singer Cecil Womack has died at the age of…
- Posted on Mar 25th 2012 3:00PM by Kenneth Partridge
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Earlier today, Collins tweeted that Womack had been hospitalized for pneumonia, Hypetrak reports, but he later updated the 68-year-old singer's condition, revealing that he's been diagnosed with early-stage cancer.
"I JUST SPOKE TO OUR FRIEND BOBBY WOMACK," Collins wrote. "He Wanted You All to Know That He Loves You & Thxs for the Prayers. Docs Says He Is In 1st Stage of Colon Cancer, He is Very Up Beat About His Future, we laughed & joked before we hung up. Thxs Funkateers, we will get him Back on the One!"
A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose string of hits includes "Woman's Gotta Have It" and "If You Think You're Lonely Now," Womack has been enjoying a late-career resurgence. In 2010, he appeared on the Gorillaz' Plastic Beach album, and after touring with the group, he worked with mastermind Damon Albarn on the forthcoming The Bravest Man in the Universe, his first album of new material since 1994. The collection arrives June 12 via XL.
This latest health scare follows bouts with prostate cancer and drug addiction, but as Womack's recently released single "Please Forgive My Heart" suggests, the enduring crooner has got plenty of life in him. We at Spinner wish him a speedy recovery.