Bad news, everyone: the lovely and talented songstress Etta James, who gave us such classics At Last and Something’s Got A Hold On Me, passed away from leukemia complications. CNN reports:
Etta James, whose assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as The Wallflower, Something’s Got a Hold on Me and the wedding favorite At Last, has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73. She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, De Leon said. She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. James died at a hospital in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 Wednesday.
Recording Academy Statement
Three-time GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Etta James leaves behind a dynamic legacy spanning six decades. Her music knew no boundaries as she explored diverse genres including blues, soul, R&B, rock and roll, gospel and jazz. She will forever be remembered for her timeless ballad “At Last,” and a powerful voice that will echo around the world for generations to come. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends, fans and all who have been stirred by her soulful songs and passion for music.
The world has lost a great talent. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Etta’s family during this difficult time.