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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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31.

anony    

VERY few singers with her level of talent.
Certainly not people like Madonna or Katy Perry.

906 days ago
32.

tracker    

To me the saddest part is that she was never given the honor of singing'AT LAST' at obama's inauguration,such a shame and slap in the face[no offence to beyonce]

906 days ago
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Amy    

Hey - your headline sucks. You're implying that AT LAST SHE FINALLY DIES. Horrible. You should change it out of respect.

906 days ago
34.

EDITA ON STEROIDS    

blah

906 days ago
35.

jetfanglo    

Class.......real class............godspeed,ms.james

906 days ago
36.

Jodi    

A great talent has left us. My condolences to her family.

906 days ago
37.

Bill    

She sang a few songs. Big effin deal! It's not like she did anything important. Idolizing entertainers is STOOPID!

906 days ago
38.

emb    

I agree with Amy: You really ought to change the headline out of respect.

906 days ago
39.

your own luck    

There was no one like Etta James. And how was it that she looked even better in old age than she did when she was young. Her music will live on forever.

906 days ago
40.

Jonathan Sheen    

Great article and overview of Ms. James' career.

But a truly terrible, tasteless headline. There are countless was of phrasing that which aren't a set of quotation marks away from being a sick joke. Please re-write it.

906 days ago
41.

Ms. Scarlet    

RIP Beautiful Etta James! May her family and friends be comforted during their time of bereavement.

906 days ago
42.

CloBird    

May she rest in peace. No one can sing "At Last" as well as she.

906 days ago
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superbadnerves1    

REST IN PEACE MS.ETTA JAMES YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST

906 days ago
44.

New Orleans    

Her struggle is over. So glad I was able to hear her in concert. Blessed be, Etta.

906 days ago
45.

Quinn    

RIP Etta. Talent such as hers is almost nonexistent these days. She will be sorely missed but her talent will live on forever.

906 days ago
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