Bobby Womack Bites the Dust at the age of 70

Bobby Womack, a prolific gospel-soul singer who also wrote songs recorded by the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, George Benson and others, died Friday. He was 70.

Bobby Womack Bites the Dust at the age of 70

A representative from his label, XL Recordings, confirmed the death of the longtime Los Angeles resident, but provided no other details.

Womack had long been struggling with numerous health issues. Last year, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and he had been open about his battles with addiction. He survived prostate cancer, was operated on for colon cancer (the diagnosis proved to be negative) and had a death scare with pneumonia.

Bobby Dwayne Womack, singer and songwriter, born 4 March 1944; died 27 June 2014

Late US soul singer and songwriter Bobby Womack. Photo credits: Facebook