Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Bobby Womack Diagnosed with Alzheimer's

Singer Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The 68-year-old singer revealed that he has already begun forgetting people's names.

"It's not bad yet but will get worse," Womack said. "How can I not remember songs I wrote? It's frustrating ... The most embarrassing thing is I'll be ready to announce Damon Albarn and can't remember his last name."

At the Q awards in October, Womack referred to Albarn as "Damon Osbourne" after receiving the prize for best album.

In addition to co-producing Womack's 2012 record, The Bravest Man in the Universe, Albarn played an important role in rekindling interest in the soul singer. Womack sang on the two last Gorillaz albums and also toured with the group.

Last March, Womack was taken to hospital with a bout of pneumonia. The musician had undergone surgery for prostate cancer just a year before. They removed a tumor in May, which was cancer-free.

Despite his Alzheimer's diagnosis, Womack continues to play concerts. He most recently performed for Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny show on BBC2.