James Brown Undergoes Surgery For Prostate Cancer

Legendary singer expected to make full recovery.

James Brown has undergone surgery for his recently diagnosed prostate cancer and is expected to fully recover.

Brown, 71, was treated at Midtown Urology Surgical Center in Atlanta on Wednesday (December 14). His surgery was completed at 1:45 p.m. ET, and Brown is expected to be released from the hospital this afternoon.

"Mr. Brown has successfully undergone a localized prostate cancer procedure and is resting comfortably," Brown's urologist, Dr. James Bennett, said in a statement. "We expect a full recovery. With proper follow-up and care, we can also expect a full cure."

Brown announced he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last week, one day after completing a two-week Canadian tour (see "James Brown Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer"). He is expected to spend three weeks recovering from the procedure.

In January, Brown will release an autobiography, "I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul," and following his recovery, he will visit New York to promote the book as planned. The Hardest Working Man in Show Business will then take off on the next leg of his Seven Decades of Funk World Tour in Australia and Asia. In February, he will release a new single with the Black Eyed Peas that will appear on their new album (see "James Brown Eyed Peas? Group Records With Godfather Of Soul").

"Mr. Brown has always been a fighter," manager "SuperFrank" Copsidas said, "and we are confident that he will be back 'on the good foot' soon for another 50 years."