Soul singer Bobby Womack has revealed that he’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
The 68 year old, who last year released his first album since the late 1990s in The Bravest Man in the Universe, a collaboration with Damon Albarn and XL’s Richard Russell, has admitted to NME [via Stool Pigeon] that “the doctor says there are signs of Alzheimer’s. It’s not bad yet but will get worse.”
“How can I not remember songs I wrote?”, continued Womack “It’s frustrating. I don’t feel together yet. Negative things come in my mind and it’s hard for me to remember sometimes.”
Update: Womack has issued a statement about the news (via Rolling Stone): “Thanks to all of my fans for their prayers and well wishes. I truly appreciate and can feel your love. With the support of many good doctors, my family, and all of my wonderful fans, I will continue to write and perform and bring the good music to the people for as long as I can. – With much love, Bobby Womack.”
The news comes less than a year after Womack successfully beat colon cancer, and it’s understood that he’s currently at work on the follow-up to The Bravest Man, titled The Best is Yet to Come. You can stream Womack’s ‘Please Forgive My Heart’ below.