Soul legend Etta James has died aged 73 after battling Leukemia. She died from complications with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, says close friend and manager Lupe De Leon.
Etta had hits such as “The Wallflower,” “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” and the classic “At Last.”
She was diagnosed with the disease in 2010, and also in her later years, suffered from Dementia and Hepatitis C. She died in a Californian hospital on Friday, less than a week before her 74th birthday.
“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. I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always,” said Lupe.
She first found fame when she was a mere teenager, and became one of the most successful singers of her generation, gaining her first Number 1 on the R&B charts in 1955.
She’s had quite a turbulent personal life; she overcame a heroin addiction, opened for the Rolling Stones, won 6 Grammys, and was inducted into the ‘Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame‘.
One person who will be extremely saddened by her death is Beyoncé, who looked up to her as a sort of inspiration, and covered her hit “At Last.”