A representative for Womack's label, XL Recordings, confirmed the news of his death this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from colon cancer and diabetes. An obituary first appeared on Rolling Stone.com.
Born and raised in Cleveland, the son of two musicians and the third of five brothers, Womack began his career as a member of Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers, who were signed to SAR Records by Sam Cooke. The group released a handful of gospel singles, including Buffalo Bill," when Bobby was just 10 years old, before changing their name to the Valentinos and pursuing a more pop-influenced, secular sound.
In 2012, Womack began a career renaissance with the release of The Bravest Man in the Universe, his first album in more than 10 years. Produced by Albarn and XL's Richard Russell, the album received critical accolades. Upon his death, Womack was recording his next album for XL, tentatively titled The Best Is Yet to Come, featuring Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and Snoop Dogg. His final performance was at Bonnaroo on June 14.