Etta James' funeral to take place this weekend

A number of celebrities are set to perform at the Los Angeles funeral

Etta James' funeral to take place this weekend

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Etta James' funeral is set to take place this Saturday, January 28, in Gardena, Los Angeles.

The private funeral will follow a public viewing, which will happen on Friday in Inglewood, Los Angeles. James' family has asked for donations to be sent to the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in Philadelphia.

The Reverend Al Sharpton will preside over the private event, and a statement from his representative has said that the funeral will include performances from celebrities, however, these names have not been announced, reports Billboard.

Etta James died at the age of 73 last week (January 20). Today would have been the star's 74th birthday. She had been suffering from terminal leukemia, kidney disease, hepatitis C and dementia.

Etta James was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993 and received six Grammy awards. Raised in Los Angeles, she began singing as a child at church and joined a doo-wop group in her early teens. She joined the Chess Records roster in 1960. She went on to become one of the most respected singers in the soul and blues genres.

Etta James, 1938-2012 - obituary

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