Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack told the BBC that he had just been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease today. The diagnosis came after Womack forgot the lyrics to songs and the names of his collaborators last year.
Womack told reporters that “the doctors said that [I] have signs of Alzheimer’s,” adding that “it’s not bad, but it’s going to get worse.” He decided to go in for tests after he had trouble recalling the names of his songs and after he had trouble remembering the name of his most recent collaborator, Damon Albarn of Blur.
Womack had just returned to music after a series of health problems that included bouts with prostate and colon cancer as well as pneumonia. He released an album, The Bravest Man In The Universe, in 2012 along with Albarn. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009