Legendary soul singer, Bobby Womack, dies at the age of 70

(CNN) – Legendary soul singer, Bobby Womack, has died at the age of 70.

His publicist isn’t releasing any information about Womack’s death.

Over the years he has fought cancer and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last year.

Womack’s career spanned more than 50 years, and gave the world some of its most treasured songs.

Bobby Womack began his long career as a guitarist for Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin. He proved his raspy soulful voice was one of a kind, when his solo career took off in 1967 with his first song “Trust Me.”

One of Womack’s early songs he sang and wrote “It’s All Over Now” was even re-recorded by the Rolling Stones. It became their first number one song in the UK in 1964.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio the singer/songwriter was known for such hits as “Lookin for a Love,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” and “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.”

His song “Across 110th Street” which was a hit in 1972, found a new audience in 1997 when it was featured in the opening credits of Quentin Tarantino’s film “Jackie Brown.”

The R&B singer finally got his due in 2009, when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Three years later, Womack released his album “The Bravest Man in the Universe” co-produced by “Gorillaz” frontman Damon Albarn. In “The Making of the Bravest Man in the Universe” the soul man was humbled by the experience.

“Everything kept falling like it was supposed to fall there was not craziness it was about the music that’s what impress me the most,” Womack said.

Though Womack continued to perform, he had various health concerns including, prostate cancer, colon cancer, and pneumonia. Then in early 2013, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The singer was saddened by the diagnosis reportedly saying, “How can I not remember the songs that I wrote.”

Considered to be one of soul music’s greatest artists, Womack’s contributions to music won’t be soon forgotten.

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