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Etta James, Singing Legend, Dies at 73

Jan. 20, 2012


Etta James

Etta James, a singing legend whose voice was timeless, has died at the age of 73.

Her most memorable hits are "At Last," "The Wallflower" and "Something's Got a Hold on Me."

She is noted for having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards.

She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon, reports

She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. She would have turned 74 Wednesday.

"This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world," De Leon said, reports "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."

James received some notable awards and recognitions, including being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003, and the Billboard R&B Founders Award in 2006.

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