Legendary singer Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease, reports the BBC. “How can I not remember songs that I wrote?” Womack told the British outlet. “That’s frustrating.”
At 68, Womack visited a doctor who revealed the diagnosis and told him, “It’s not bad yet but it’s going to get worse.”
It’s the most recent health setback for the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Last year, Womack underwent surgery for both colon and prostate cancer. He also suffered from a collapsed lung and pneumonia twice.
However, despite Womack’s failing health, he managed to release an album last year after a 18-year absence from the charts. The Bravest Man in the Universe won the prize for best album at the Q Magazine awards in October.
“I don’t feel together yet because negative things come in my mind, and it’s hard for me to remember sometimes,” said Womack.
The musician made a name for himself in music history when he began playing guitar for Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Sly & the Family Stone. Womack also penned hits for Wilson Pickett, George Benson and the Rolling Stones. His hits as a singer include “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “Across 110th Street.”