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James Brown diagnosed with prostate cancer

11 December 2004

James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul” and a legend in rap, rock and funk, has announced that he has prostate cancer.

In a statement released yesterday, Brown, 71, said that he would undergo surgery for the ailment on 15 December.

“I have overcome a lot of things in my life. I will overcome this as well,” Brown said.

Brown, best known for seminal hits like I Feel Good, Please, Please, Please and Cold Sweat is also a diabetic.

Dubbed “the hardest working man in show business”, he just finished a two-week Canadian tour on Thursday night. He is expected to spend three weeks recovering from the procedure.

Earlier this year, he faced other troubles when he was charged with domestic abuse after an altercation with his wife. The allegation was resolved when he failed to contest the charge.

Brown is due to release an autobiography next month. Besides promoting the project with a slew of appearances, he still plans a tour of Asia and Australia early next year.