(Gibson) Legendary singer-songwriter-producer Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Womack, 68, had been hospitalized with pneumonia after a cancelled live appearance in Houston, Texas, several weeks ago.
Funk bass legend Bootsy Collins posted on Facebook: "I just spoke to our friend Bobby Womack. He wanted you all to know that he loves you & thxs for the prayers. Docs says he is in 1st stage of colon cancer, he is very up beat about his future, we laughed & joked before we hung up. Thxs funkateers, we will get him back on the one!"
Womack is preparing to release his first album of original material in 18 years, The Bravest Man in the Universe, on June 12 in the U.S. and June 11 in the U.K. The album was produced by Blur's Damon Albarn and XL Recordings label boss Richard Russell. Bootsy and his older brother, the last great the P-Funk guitarist Catfish Collins, collaborated with Womack on the song "Don't Take My Funk Away," from Bootsy's 2011 album Tha Funk Capital of the World. more on this story