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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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46.

Steinberg    

Damn, she wasn't the prettiest looking lady but definitely RIP

972 days ago
47.

Betty     

RIP Ms. Etta James....you were amazing. The younger pics of her brings to mind that Rachael Crow from the X-Factor could certainly play a role of Ms. James in her younger years if a movie were ever made.

972 days ago
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billy cema    

Listened to "Don't Go To Strangers", in remembrance. She was very influenced by Billie Holiday in this one, but her voice is pure and powerful, and she made it her own.

972 days ago
49.

pia    

Thank you for your voice and gift of music Ms. James may you rest in peace.

972 days ago
50.

campy    

R.I.P.

972 days ago
51.

Melissa    

Anybody else see something wrong with the title of the article? It sounds like it is saying she died at last?!

972 days ago
52.

Leah     

Rest Peacefully Etta...your music will live on forever <3

972 days ago
53.

PsychoZoid    

R.I.P. to Etta James. I always thought "At Last" was a pretty great song.

972 days ago
54.

Annoyed    

What a loss to the music industry. I saw her three times and she knows how to entertain with her beautiful voice.

God bless and I hope she is smiling again after illness.

972 days ago
55.

Tony    

The one and only. The Only true singer of at last. Somewhere Jesus and the rest in his kingdom are enjoying a sensational concert.

972 days ago
56.

Dennis Johnson    

I knew Etta real well and I will miss her.RIP Old Friend.

972 days ago
57.

Genie    

Gee, you couldn't think of a more respectful or better way to word this? 'At Last' Singer Etta James Dies

That's just WRONG....and disrespectful as well! You COULD have left the AT LAST off and written that into the article!

Who does your writing?

972 days ago
58.

justme    

Jeezzzz,they both got very FAT. That in inself is a turnoff and representation of I have No WILLPOWER.what else is it that I can not control.

972 days ago
59.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

Truly one of a kind!! RIP Etta, thank you for your gift of song!!

972 days ago
60.

LadyD    

Heartfelt prayers for Mrs. Etta James' family. She will be missed.

971 days ago
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