Etta James Dies Of Leukemia At 73

January 20th, 2012 By HG 0

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After a long battle with leukemia, legendary blues singer Etta James, has died at the age of 73.

Etta’s longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon, first confirmed the news to CNN:

“This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world,” De Leon said. “She was a true original who could sing it all – her music defied category. I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always.”

In January 2010 the singer had been hospitalized to deal with a blood infection and other ailments which included Alzheimer’s disease.  Later in May 2011, she was once again admitted to a California hospital with a urinary tract infection and the blood infection sepsis.

Check out Beyonce paying tribute to the late great singer by signing Etta’s timeless hit ‘At Last’ at the inauguration of President Barack Obama:

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