Soul singer and Damon Albarn collaborator's doctors successfully remove tumor

Bobby Womack has been given the all-clear from colon cancer, after being diagnosed with the illness in March.

A posting on the soul singer’s Facebook page this afternoon said that surgery to remove a tumour was successful:

Bobby Womack has successfully undergone surgery for suspected colon cancer. A tumour was removed last night which turned out to be cancer free. We wish him all the best in his recovery from the operation. Thank you for all your kind messages and support.

Bobby Womack’s new album, ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’, is set for release on June 11.

Co-produced by Blur‘s Damon Albarn and XL Recordings’ Richard Russell, the album was recorded late last year in Albarn’s own Studio 13 in West London and also in New York.

The album is soul singer Womack’s first LP of original material in 18 years, following 1994’s ‘Resurrection’. The album will be released on the XL label, also home to Adele and The xx.

Speaking to NME about the sessions earlier this year, Womack discussed working with Lana Del Rey on the album, describing the pair as being like “two people in a church”. He added: “She’s one of a kind. I’ve never sung with a girl like that before.”

Womack is due to play two UK gigs next month – one at London’s Heaven on June 14, followed by a slot at the capital’s Lovebox festival two days later (16).