Bobby Womack, the legendary soul-singer and backing guitarist for Sam Cooke, has been diagnosed with colon cancer The Guardiangu_ reported. Just last year Womack underwent surgery for prostate cancer, and earlier this month he had a minor heart procedure after experiencing “severe shortness of breath.”
Womack’s friend Bootsy Collins announced the news on Facebook: “We Pray for Bobby Womack Right Now, TO BE HEALED FROM PNEUMONIA AND ANY OTHER AILMENT HE IS FIGHTING AT THIS TIME. THIS SONG GOES OUT TO MY FRIEND BOBBY WE DID ON MY LATEST ALBUM,” he said Sunday.
Later in the evening Collins posted, “I JUST SPOKE TO OUR FRIEND BOBBY WOMACK. 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!”
It’s been a mere two weeks since Womack announced his forthcoming album The Bravest Man in the Universe, his first record in 13 years. The name feels appropriate given the circumstances. XL Records will release the album June 12.
You can stream the album’s single, “Please Forgive My Heart” below.