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Influential soul singer Bobby Womack dies

 Legendary US soul artist Bobby Womack, who influenced and wrote for generations of musicians, died on Friday aged 70, a spokeswoman said, triggering a surge of tributes.

Womack penned a string of R&B staples including “It’s all Over Now” – which went to number one for British rockers The Rolling Stones and “Lookin’ for A Love.”

Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood was among the first to pay tribute to Womack, tweeting: “The man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes with his passing.”

“RIP to the ‘Soul Legend’ who sang from his Soul !!!” added US rapper MC Hammer.

Womack started out performing with his brothers in the 1950s and later a band called the Valentinos. He also wrote songs and played guitar for artists including Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett.

Sonya Kolowrat, a spokeswoman for his label XL Recordings, confirmed his death to AFP, but said she had no further details. Womack’s main home is listed as Los Angeles.

Womack, who was credited with influencing generations of acts, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

He struggled with drugs and health problems for decades, but released a comeback album, “The Bravest Man in the Universe,” in 2012, his first record in over a decade.

Although he had long had health woes, he was due to go on tour in Europe next month – his website listed shows in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Britain in the second half of July and start of August. - AFP 

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