January 4, 2013 12:00

Bobby Womack updates fans on battle with Alzheimer's

Singer says he will 'will continue to write and perform' as he fights illness

Bobby Womack updates fans on battle with Alzheimer's

Photo: Will Ireland

Bobby Womack has released an official statement after revealing this week that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

The 68-year-old, who released his first single in 1954, previously admitted he is suffering from the brain disorder and that he struggles to recall the names of his songs and those of his collaborators.

He said: “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? It’s frustrating. I don't feel together yet. Negative things come in my mind and it's hard for me to remember sometimes."

Now Womack has updated fans through an official statement, which reads: "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."

Womack, who beat colon cancer in May, released his most-recent album 'The Bravest Man In The Universe' in 2012, which was co-produced by Blur’s Damon Albarn and XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell.

He added: “The most embarrassing thing is I’ll be ready to announce Damon and can’t remember his last name.”

This could be in reference to his appearance at an awards ceremony in September when he called Albarn 'Damon Osbourne' in his acceptance speech.

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