Soul Singer Bobby Womack Dead At 70

Legendary soul singer influenced a generation of musicians.

Soul singer Bobby Womack died on Friday (June 27) at age 70, according to Rolling Stone. The cause of death is currently unknown.

Womack released dozens of albums during his decades-long career, beginning with Fly Me To The Moon in 1968. His music became an influence for later R&B records, as well as hip-hop, and he was sampled by a number of artists, including by 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Big K.R.I.T., and Mariah Carey. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Rick Ross was supposed to work with him for his most recent album, March’s Mastermind, but the collaboration was never released. Upon hearing the news of his death, Rozay took to Twitter to say “Rest In Paradise” and share a picture of the two.

“I actually just got off the phone with Bobby Womack less than an hour ago; he’s one of my favorites,” Ross told MTV News in October. “We just spoke on it, so we got a little connecting to do, but it’s feeling good.”

Womack performed at Bonnaroo earlier this month, and his The Best Is Yet To Come album was scheduled for a 2014 release.