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Etta James Loses Battle With Lukemia at 73

Etta James, soul singer behind “At Last,” has died, she was 73 years old.

After fighting Lukemia, dementia and Hepatitis C, James passed away in a hospital in Riverside, California surrounded by her husband and sons, according to CNN.

“This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world,” De Leon said. “She was a true original who could sing it all — her music defied category,” said her longtime manager Lupe De Leon”I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always.”

In recent years, Beyoncé played James in Cadillac Records, a film drawn on the artists and business of Chess Records. I was lucky enough to check Bey out while she was practicing to play the fiery lady also known as Miss Peaches. As she sang “I’d Rather Go Blind” I thought about how “At Last” was my Granny’s jam and music really does stand the test of time. Amazing that I was familiar with a song that debuted during my grandmother’s hey day and I liked the song too. That’s the power of Ms. James.

She would’ve turned 74 on Wednesday, January 25. Rest in peace.

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