Etta James Dead at 73

January 20, 2012  |  

Legendary rhythm and blues singer Etta James has died. The news comes from her longtime manager and friend, Lupe De Leon. James was 73 years old.

James was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and died from complications of the disease with her husband Artis Mills and her two sons by her side.

The artist who passed away in a hospital in Riverside, California would have turned 74 next week Wednesday.

This is what her manager and friend had to say about her death:

” This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world. She was a true original who could sing it all — her music defied category.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this time of bereavement.

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