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'Rescue Me' Singer

Dead at 72

12/27/2012 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Fontella Bass -- famous for her epic,1965 hit song "Rescue Me" -- died Wednesday in Missouri. She was 72.

According to Fontella's family, the singer passed away in a St. Louis hospital from complications she suffered following a heart attack three weeks ago. Bass also had several strokes since 2005.

The R&B star scored a ton of hits over her career -- including "You'll Miss Me (When I'm Gone)" and "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing" -- but none as big as "Rescue Me."



She's survived by her four children.

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lola_uk    

I love this song! Had no idea who sang it, though. Rest in peace m'lady.

479 days ago
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ocean views    

Awww!! :-(

479 days ago
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Bridget    

Oh, now that song is going to be stuck in my head all day, which is fine by me. Great song, great voice. Rest in Peace.

479 days ago
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Truth    

#RIP. LIKE ALL SINGERS OF THE 60'S - 70'S ERA SHE NO DOUBT DIED BROKE CUZ OF ALL THE S***BAG JACK ASS LABEL HEADS FIVE AND DIMING ALL THE HIT SINGERS OF THE DAY... F*CKED UP #TRUTH!!

479 days ago
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NoseySOB    

Why didn't anyone heed her cry for help?!

479 days ago
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fk    

My condolences go out to her family. r.i.p

479 days ago
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verlinda    

R.I.P.

479 days ago
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Rickosha    

very sad. RIP.

479 days ago
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Throwback kid    

RIP, they used Rescue Me in an American Express commercial in1991 that featured actress Karen Kopins. That was over 20 years ago but you still remember it because of Fontella's great song

479 days ago
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sierrarose    

Sorry to hear of this. RIP, Fontella Bass.

479 days ago
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Larry    

It's great that she wasn't lip-synching in that video. You will never see a video of Britney Spears where she is NOT lip synching. That's because she has no singing ability. It's done with computers and other audio manipulations.

479 days ago
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ria    

Rest in peace Ms Bass.

479 days ago
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Wow ...    

Rest in Peace. My condolences to family, friends and fans. Love her music!!

479 days ago
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DeeMaree    

With Fontella as an angel, the heavenly choir just got a whole lot better and a lot (remember this is two words) more soul.

479 days ago
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FLO    

She was a very talented lady who my mom said was every bit as good live as her record.

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