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Bobby Womack diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; other stars who suffered from the ailment

Beloved and prolific singer-songwriter Bobby Womack, who has written hits for some of the greatest acts in rock ‘n’ roll and R&B history, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member told the BBC in a recent interview the diagnosis comes after he began having difficulty remembering his songs and the names of people he’s worked with.

The soul singer has cut a wide path through the music business as a performer and songwriter in his 50-year career and recently launched another act with The Bravest Man in the Universe, the Damon Albarn-produced comeback album that recently made several best-of lists.

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease characterized by memory loss. It’s the latest health problem for the 68-year-old singer, who’s also been fighting cancer and other maladies.

Unfortunately, Womack is not the only American star or icon to become victim of this degenerative and irreversible brain disease. Alzheimer’s disease claims about 23,000 American lives a year and is the eighth leading cause of death among the elderly in the U.S.

 Here are several others who eventually succumbed to Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia.
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