Bobby Womack died today (June 27) at age 70, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The cause of death is not known.
Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
In 2012, Bobby Womack was diagnosed with colon cancer.
Womack was sampled and admired by many figures in Rap. In October 2013, Rick Ross spoke about his respect for Womack to MTV. “I actually just got off the phone with Bobby Womack less than an hour ago,” he said at the time. “He’s one of my favorites. … We just spoke on it, so we got a little connecting to do, but it’s feeling good.”
Womack’s work has been sampled by 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, Big K.R.I.T. and Rick Ross, according to MTV.
Rappers mourned the passing of Womack. Below are some Twitter posts from emcees.
— atmosphere (@atmosphere) June 28, 2014
rest in peace, Bobby Womack. thanks for the tunes <3.
— el-p (@therealelp) June 28, 2014
RIP Bobby Womack
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) June 28, 2014