*“Real Chance of Love” star Ahmad “Real” Givens has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, TMZ reports.
The reality star first became ill in January with what he believed to be the flu. Doctors initially thought the issue was with his liver, but last week confirmed it was colon cancer, which has now spread to his lungs and liver.
Real will remain hospitalized while doctors consider treatment options.
Since his diagnosis, other VH1 stars have shared their well wishes on Twitter.
“Just talked to ‘Chance’ he told me to tell the world to pray for his bro ‘Real’ he has stage 4 colon cancer! Pls send out a prayer for him!,” Ray J tweeted.
When a fan asked Tiffany “New York” Pollard if she’d reached out to Real, she wrote, “I just found out. I jus spoke 2him 3weeks ago. My prayers go out to him and his family. He has a relationship with God, he’s gonna b ok.”
Brothers Kamal “Chance” Givens and Ahmad “Real” Givens
After appearing on Pollard’s dating series “I Love New York,” Real was later offered his own dating show, “Real Chance of Love,” with his brother Kamal “Chance” Givens.
*Soul legend Bobby Womack is battling the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a repot in Britain’s The Sun newspaper.
The 68-year-old singer/songwriter has been struggling to remember names and song titles in recent months and doctors informed him he is showing the first symptoms of the degenerative condition.
“The doctor says there are signs of Alzheimer’s. It’s not bad yet but will get worse,” he tells The Sun. “How can I not remember songs I wrote? It’s frustrating. I don’t feel together yet. Negative things come in my mind and it’s hard for me to remember sometimes.
“The most embarrassing thing is I’ll be ready to announce (collaborator) Damon (Albarn of Blur) and can’t remember his last name.”
The diagnosis is the latest health issue for Womack – he battled colon cancer in 2012, but received the all-clear in May.
The 68-year-old singer/songwriter was diagnosed with colon cancer in March, but his rep confirmed last month he has gotten the all-clear from his doctors after undergoing surgery.
Womack insists he still has “a long way to go” before he is fully recovered, but he’s eyeing live dates once he bounces back.
He tells the BBC, “They keep telling me one step at a time, one day at a time – but I am planning on going around the world and letting these people know what soul singing really was about, because I have the energy and the vocals to put it on. They deserve to know it, they don’t have to read it in a history book.”
Womack last hit the road for three months as a guest vocalist with British rockers Gorillaz in 2010, a trek he struggled to complete after falling severely ill.
“Everything died at one time,” he recalled. “I’ve never been so sick in my life and they say it started to happen on the Gorillaz tour. I didn’t want to tell them that I was having these seizures and I was losing my sight because I’d seen this was an opportunity… to sing with these guys and I really liked being around them. This was a break for me.”
*Soul icon Bobby Womack has been released from a New York hospital following a successful recovery from pneumonia, reports the Associated Press.
During his stay in the hospital, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He is scheduled to undergo surgery at a later date, according to the AP.
In a statement through his New York publicist, the 68-year-old Womack thanked his fans for their prayers, love and well wishes, and says he looks forward to when he tours in support of his upcoming album.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is known for such hits as “Lookin’ For a Love,” and “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha.” Womack also wrote the early Rolling Stones’ hit “It’s All Over Now.”
His new album, “The Bravest Man in the Universe,” comes out later this summer on XL Recordings.
Womack was reportedly hospitalized with pneumonia over the weekend when he was diagnosed with the condition.
Bootsy originally tweeted Sunday: ”Funkateers, Send Prayers & Love Vibes Up for Bobby Womack. He is Fighting Pneumonia in the Hospital Now. Will Update After I talk to Him. Thx u all (sic).”
He later added: ”We Pray for Bobby Womack Right Now, TO BE HEALED FROM PNEUMONIA AND ANY OTHER AILMENT HE IS FIGHTING AT THIS TIME. THIS SONG GOES OUT TO MY FRIEND BOBBY WE DID ON MY LATEST ALBUM.”
Bootsy later revealed on Facebook that Bobby had been diagnosed with cancer, but said he remains upbeat. He wrote: ”I JUST SPOKE TO OUR FRIEND BOBBY WOMACK. He Wanted You All to Know That He Loves You & Thxs for the Prayers (sic).
”Docs Says He Is In 1st Stage of Colon Cancer, He is Very Up Beat About His Future, we laughed & joked before we hung up. Thxs Funkateers, we will get him Back on the One!”
Watch Bobby Womack’s episode of TV One’s “Unsung” below: