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Etta James

Dead at 73

1/20/2012 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Etta James
Legendary R&B singer Etta James -- famous for her hit songs "At Last" and "Something's Got a Hold on Me" -- has died.

The singer -- whose health was on a rapid decline the last few years -- was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. She also suffered from dementia and Hepatitis C.

Her live-in doctor announced the singer was "terminally ill" last month, after her leukemia was declared incurable.

Etta died at a hospital in Riverside, California ... her manager confirmed.

She won 6 Grammys in her lifetime -- including Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1994 -- and was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And how cool is this? Etta's in the top 10 right now -- Flo Rida heavily samples her on his hit, "Good Feeling." Etta was 73.

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Nunya    

RIP Etta <3

918 days ago
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John    

one sassy ass woman... I would have hit it back in the day... I bet it would have been fun too...

918 days ago
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Lou    

This should be your top story, not the model who lost a hand and eye and is going to live to tell about it all later in book that will make her millions. Etta was a legend and should be your top story. Also screw the baseball guy I hope he gets the 4 years

918 days ago
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LM    

Love Etta! Hope you at peace, you will be missed.

918 days ago
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LAWRENCE    

Didn't she play Beyonce in some movie?

918 days ago
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Truth    

RIP Etta. Beyonce sucked arse singing your song. You sang it better LIVE on DWTS than Bey lip syncing in Cadillac Records. #Truth!!

918 days ago
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FLO    

RIP, she had an incredible voice and her music will live on,

918 days ago
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karlew    

RIP My Love. At Last you are at peace

918 days ago
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Phenom    

RIP and condolences to the family and friends.

918 days ago
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Sarafina    

Thank you, Etta, for your music and voice. I listened to "At Last" so many, many times and it was perfection! Condolences to the family. R.I.P. Miss James...

918 days ago
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Barbarascy    

Another great artist has left us. RIP Etta.

918 days ago
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3Storms    

rest in peace in Heaven's eternal repose, songbird

918 days ago
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melissa b    

RIP. At least she is not suffering anymore.

918 days ago
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writenow    

Etta's voice was one for the ages.

918 days ago
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tmzreader    

RIP Lovely Lady & thank you for your gift of music. Etta James!

918 days ago
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