Published Jan 02, 2013In 2012, Bobby Womack beat colon cancer and went on to release his new album, The Bravest Man in the Universe. Sadly, the 68-year-old soul singer is now facing more medical issues as he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
The disease is still in its early stages, but Womack is reportedly suffering from memory lapses. "The doctor said, 'You have signs of Alzheimer's,'" Womack told BBC 6 Music. "He said it's not bad yet, but it's going to get worse."
Womack explained, "The most embarrassing thing is I'll be ready to announce Damon [Albarn] and can't remember his last name."
Womack collaborated with Albarn on The Bravest Man in the Universe, as well as in Gorillaz, but referred to him as "Damon Osbourne" during a speech at the Q Awards in 2012.
"How can I not remember songs I wrote?" the singer said. "It's frustrating. I don't feel together yet. Negative things come in my mind and it's hard for me to remember sometimes."
There is no known cure for Alzheimer's, which is characterized by memory loss, mood swings, loss of bodily functions, and, eventually, death.