The man known for his raspy yet soulful sound, Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the news he broke to the BBC. In an interview, the R&B legend who is now 68 stated, “The doctor said, “˜You have signs of Alzheimer’s.’ He said it’s not bad yet, but it’s going to get worse.”
Bobby Womack has been experiencing difficulty remembering the names of the people he has worked with while performing, in addition to his own song lyrics. “How can I not remember songs I wrote? That’s frustrating,” Womack admitted.
Mr. Womack was inducted in the the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame four years ago in 2009 and he hasn’t slowed down since. He released the LP The Bravest Man in the Universe in 2012, his first album of new material since 1994. With the release of the album, he has been touring a bit and doing shows but admits to having trouble mentally dealing with his diagnosis.
“I don’t feel together yet because negative things come in my mind and it’s hard for me to remember sometimes. The most embarrassing thing was when we were getting ready to announce Damon Albarn (Who produced his latest album and is the lead singer of the group Blur.) and I can’t remember his last name. That’s so embarrassing.”
Alzheimer’s is not the only disease or problem that has ailed Womack in recent times. He has overcome a series of health scares including being treated for pneumonia, prostate cancer, and suspected colon cancer in the past 24 months. A tumor removed for colon cancer diagnosis tested negative. We are hoping that the R&B legend can find a way to tackle this situation as well.