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R&B singer Cecil Womack dies, aged 65

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Cecil Womack has died, aged 65.

The R&B singer's passing was confirmed by his brother and fellow artist Bobby Womack in a heartfelt message on Facebook.

Womack and Womack: Cecil Womack and Linda Cooke

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Bobby Womack wrote: "I was terribly upset when I heard about my brother's passing, and I still am.

"We made music together for a long time, but we've had many differences over the years."

Cecil Womack performed with his second wife Linda Cooke as Womack & Womack, and were perhaps best known for their 1988 hit 'Teardrops' from their fourth album Conscience.

He was formally part of The Womack Brothers along with his four older siblings, as well as The Valentinos.

He caused controversy by proposing to Sam Cooke's daughter Linda when she was only 12 years old. He later married Motown singer Mary Wells, and had three children before divorcing in 1976.

Womack reunited with Linda years later, and they remained married until his death.

His relationship with brother Bobby Womack became strained as Bobby had married Linda's mother Barbara, Sam Cooke's widow. Bobby Womack also had a short affair with Linda.

Speaking about their fallout, Bobby Womack wrote: "Thankfully we got a chance to reunite last year after a very long separation - and little did I know that it would be the last time I would see him.

"I can only pass along what I have now learned, which is to not let anything - money, success, etc - come between you and your family."

Cecil and Linda Womack discovered that they had ancestral ties to the Zekkariyas tribe in Nigeria in the 1990s, and began calling themselves Zeriiya and Zekkariyas. They later permanently moved to Africa.

Watch the video for Womack & Womack's 'Teardrops' below:

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