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Musician Bobby Womack Dead At 70

Soul singer and R&B musician Bobby Womack has passed away at the age of 70. Womack was known both for his solo hits and his work with other artists.
Posted at 11:45 PM, Jun 27, 2014

Soul and R&B singer Bobby Womack has passed away at the age of 70.

A representative for Womack's label, XL Records, confirmed the news to Rolling Stone Friday. The cause of death is not yet known, but Womack has struggled with health problems in the past, including bouts with diabetes and colon cancer.

Womack's musical career began when he was just ten years old, touring the gospel circuit with his parents and four brothers. The group was discovered by the legendary Sam Cooke in 1954, who signed the brothers to his label as "The Valentinos."

After Cooke's sudden death in 1964, Womack began a long and successful solo career. In addition to hits such as "Looking For Love" and "Across 110th Street," Womack also collaborated with several big name artists like The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. (Via BBC)

A cocaine addiction temporarily derailed Womack's career in the 1980's, but the singer sobered up and started making music again a decade later. Womack's latest album, "The Bravest Man in the Universe," was released in 2012. (Via Amoeba Music)

​Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. He was reportedly working on a follow-up album, "The Best is Yet to Come," which would have featured contributions by Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, and Snoop Dog.