Soul legend James Brown has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. In a statement released this morning (Dec. 10), Brown, 71, said that he will undergo surgery for the ailment on Wednesday.

Soul legend James Brown has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. In a statement released this morning (Dec. 10), Brown, 71, said that he will undergo surgery for the ailment on Wednesday.

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

Brown is also a diabetic. Dubbed "the hardest working man in show business," he just finished a two-week Canadian tour last night. The artist is expected to spend three weeks recovering from the procedure.

Earlier this year, Brown 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.


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