James Brown underwent successful surgery today (Dec. 15) to treat his recently diagnosed prostate cancer.

James Brown underwent successful surgery today (Dec. 15) to treat his recently diagnosed prostate cancer.

"Mr. Brown has successfully undergone a localized prostate cancer procedure and is resting comfortably," Dr. James Bennett, his urologist, said in a statement. "We expect a full recovery. With proper follow-up and care, we can also expect a full cure."

The 71-year-old "Godfather of Soul" was released this afternoon from the Midtown Urology Surgical Center in Atlanta.

Brown announced his diagnosis late last week after completing a two-week Canadian tour. He is expected to spend three weeks recovering from the procedure. The artist is due to release an autobiography next month and is planning a tour of Asia and Australia early next year.


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