James Brown, revered as the "Godfather of Soul", will undergo surgery for prostate cancer next week.
The 71-year-old musician said in a statement he has overcome a lot of things in his life, and he will overcome this as well.
James Brown finished a two-week tour in Canada earlier this week. In January, he is set to release an autobiography entitled I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul.
The influential soul, rock, rap and funk musician has made more than 50 albums, selling millions worldwide, since he broke onto the scene with "Please, Please, Please" in 1956.
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