Bobby Womack Reveals Alzheimer's Diagnosis

The soul music legend is in the early stage of the "frustrating" disease.

Posted: 01/03/2013 12:30 AM EST
Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack, the legendary soul singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Womack revealed the news in a recent interview with BBC Radio, saying the early signs of the disease had been observed by his doctor.

"The doctor said you have signs of Alzheimer's," he said. "He said it's not bad yet but it's going to get worse."

Womack, 68, has had a difficult year in health. Last year he was hospitalized for pneumonia when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He was later saved from cancer by an operation.

The "If You Think You're Lonely Now" singer said his early bouts with Alzheimer's have been particularly challenging.

"How can I not remember songs that I wrote?" he queried. "That's frustrating."

The Bravest Man in the Universe, Womack's most recent album produced by Damon Albarn of the bands Blur and Gorillaz, was released last year to rave reviews from critics.

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