The music industry bid a solemn farewell to the influential and iconic singer Etta James Friday morning as she passed away from a public battle with leukemia.
James, 73, died in Riverside Community Hospital, where she was receiving treatments for leukemia and dementia for the past several weeks. Her manager, Lupe De Leon, said her death was caused by complications from leukemia. She also lived in Riverside, California.
Many of today’s artists have cited James as a musical role model, including Adele and Beyonce, who sang her signature single “At Last” at President Obama’s inauguration ball in 2009.
The soul singer has earned many accolades for her incomparable vocals including a place in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. James has also received four Grammy awards, including a lifetime achievement honor in 2003.
Despite her ongoing struggle with drug addiction off-stage, James will live on through her musical contributions.
Watch Etta James perform “At Last” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993 below.
Daps to: New York Times