Cleveland native, singer Bobby Womack, dead at age 70

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Bobby Womack -- image from Rock Hall induction in 2009

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who impacted artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.

Womack’s publicist Sonya Kolowrat said the singer died Friday but had no other details to provide.

Womack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and dealt with a number of health issues, including prostate cancer.

Womack, who was born and raised in Cleveland, performed recently at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and seemed in good health and spirits.

Womack’s caught the attention of the Stones in the 1960s and influenced many early rockers before fading from popular music for more than a decade.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Albarn and XL Recordings president Richard Russell helped Womack regain his career with 2012 comeback album “The Bravest Man in the Universe.”

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