American soul legend Bobby Womack dies at 70

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Legendary US soul musician Bobby Womack died Friday at the age of 70, his publicist said. Womack, who wrote R&B hits such as “It’s all Over Now” for The Rolling Stones and “Lookin’ for a Love”, had struggled with health issues in recent years.

The cause of his death was not yet known, according to his publicist, Sonya Kolowrat at XL Recordings.

Womack, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, started performing gospel music with his brothers in the 1950s as the lead singer of The Valentinos.

After the band broke up, Womack played guitar and worked with popular artists such as Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Ray Charles, becoming a major figure in rhythm and blues with a career spanning seven decades.

Womack, a prolific songwriter, composed songs across for both the rock and soul genres. His hits included “It’s All Over Now”, recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1964, and “Trust Me” for Janis Joplin, which was released after her death.

His solo singing career produced a string of hits, including 1972’s “That’s The Way I Feel About ‘Cha” and “Woman’s Gotta Have It”.

Twitter tributes

Womack struggled with drugs and health problems for decades but released a critically acclaimed comeback album, “The Bravest Man in the Universe”, in 2012 – his first record in over a decade.

He was due to kick off a European tour next month, with concert dates scheduled in Amsterdam, Antwerp, London and Paris, as well as other French cities, in July and August.

The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood was among the first to pay tribute to Womack, tweeting: “The man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes with his passing.”

“RIP to the ‘Soul Leg[e]nd’ who sang from his Soul !!!” wrote US rapper MC Hammer.

Womack had struggled with health issues in recent years that included diabetes, prostate cancer, heart trouble, colon cancer and pneumonia.

Last year, he said he was beginning to show the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

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