The music world lost a legend today when jazz and R&B singer Etta James passed away at the age of 73 after losing her battle with leukemia.
The “At Last” singer died in the presence of her husband Artis Mills and her son, according to CNN.
“This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world," her manager De Leon told CNN. "She was a true original who could sing it all—her music defied category.”
Etta, who was also suffering from dementia and hepatitis C, had been battling leukemia since 2010, according to reports.
During her career of more than 50 years, the singer racked up several accolades, including multiple Grammys, a Lifetime Achievement Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Although she’s leaving behind years of great music, her single “At Last,” is one of her most popular releases. In 2008, Beyoncé portrayed Etta in the film Cadillac Records. That same year, at the historic Inaugural Ball, the newly minted president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, requested that Beyoncé sing "At Last" while the first couple shared a special and memorable dance.
In 2009, Etta performed the song on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Today, she has passed just five days before her 74th birthday. Her music, however, shall live on forever.
Watch video of Etta below.
Check out celebrity tweets about the late Etta James.
—Tracy L. Scott
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