One of the greatest voices in music has been silenced.  The legendary Bobby Womack died  Friday at age 70.

(Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Guinness)
(Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Guinness)

Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack has died at age 70. Sonya Kolowrat, his publicist with XL Recordings confirmed the news saying, "I am sadly able to confirm but I have no details at this time."

Known for his raspy, soul stirring delivery Bobby Womack in his ladder years was dealing with a series of health problems, including diabetes, pneumonia, colon cancer and the early signs of Alzheimer's disease.  At this time it's unclear if any of these ailments contributed to his death.

The soul legend began his career as a member of Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers, which included his brothers Curtis, Harry, Cecil and Friendly. The gospel group released a handful of singles before changing direction in the way of their sound and genre.  Under their new name, the Valentinos, the group starting singing secular music, like soul and pop.

Through most of the 80's the singer struggled with drug addiction, eventually checking himself into a rehabilitation center for treatment.  In 2009, the legendary vocalist was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2012, Bobby Womack made a comeback and released The Bravest Man in the Universe, his first album in more than a decade.  Up until the time of his death, Womack was working on his next project, tentatively titled The Best Is Yet to Come and reportedly featuring an eclectic mix of collaborations from Stevie Wonder to Rod Stewart, even Snoop Dogg.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of one of the greatest singers to ever live.

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