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I Don't Feel Good

James Brown has prostate cancer. The 71-year-old Godfather of Soul vows to beat the disease

James Brown | SOUL MAN Brown promises to overcome this, as he has so many other things in his life
Image credit: James Brown: Ed Bailey/AP
SOUL MAN Brown promises to overcome this, as he has so many other things in his life

At 71, James Brown may still think of himself as the hardest working man in show business; as a result he's not even going to let prostate cancer slow him down. Brown acknowledged he has the ailment in a statement to the Associated Press, saying, ''I have overcome a lot of things in my life. I will overcome this as well.'' The announcement came Friday, the night after he finished a two-week tour of Canada. Brown, who's also a diabetic, will undergo cancer surgery on Dec. 15. After a three-week convalescence, he's still planning to make promotional appearances next month to plug his upcoming autobiography, I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul. Then he's due to go back on the road in early 2005 with a tour of Australia and Asia. That's the kind of schedule that could leave even younger performers in a cold sweat.

Originally posted Dec 10, 2004
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