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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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16.

bob    

RIP, but seriously TMZ, she had exactly ONE true hit record . Not "tons" !

580 days ago
17.

myopinion    

I love this song...Didn't know who she was until I listen to the song on this site...I remember as a small child hearing this song and throughout the years! RIP Fontella Bass

580 days ago
18.

tamara    

Love those songs. 60s?
RIP to her family

580 days ago
19.

TMZ is gay    

Who cares. TMZ college dropout flunkys are nutjob libs that are gay as hell.

580 days ago
20.

TMZ is gay    

TMZ is gay as hell.

580 days ago
21.

Warren    

I thought that was Aretha Franklin singing that song

580 days ago
22.

LISA    

I so remember that song! Loved the clip - she was beautiful and sang it amazing on the show. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

580 days ago
23.

Miley is a whore    

hideous hair

580 days ago
24.

sterlingguys    

my dad was a fanatical r&b fan. i remember him playing rescue me over and over. i loved it myself, one of the greatest r&b tracks of all time Rest in peace Fontella, you make your mark lovely lady.

580 days ago
25.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Wow I always thought that was Aretha singing that, but it's a great old song anyway. Rest in harmony.

580 days ago
26.

Mimi    

Wow, what a shame. RIP dear lady. Now there was some TALENT.

579 days ago
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