published Friday, June 27th, 2014

Bobby Womack, singer with brave 2nd act, dies

British musician Ronnie Wood, left, presents U.S singer/songwriter Bobby Womack with the 'Bluesfest Lifetime Achievement Award' for Services To Soul', at the Royal Albert Hall in west London, in this Oct. 28, 2013, file photo.
British musician Ronnie Wood, left, presents U.S singer/songwriter Bobby Womack with the 'Bluesfest Lifetime Achievement Award' for Services To Soul', at the Royal Albert Hall in west London, in this Oct. 28, 2013, file photo.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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 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 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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