The legendary soul singer Etta James has been the subject of an online death hoax, which said the 73 year-old star had passed away at her home in southern California.
According to a fake TMZ page, James died yesterday (August 3). The site and news however was thankfully found out to be hoax.
The singer was diagnosed with dementia in January of this year and is also receiving treatment for leukaemia. In court papers, which saw her husband seeking control of her finances, a doctor revealed that she needed help with eating and dressing and couldn’t sign her own name.
Etta James was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and is the recipient of six Grammy awards.
Raised in Los Angeles, James began singing as a child at church and joined a doo-wop group in her early teens. Addicted to heroin throughout the ’60s, she got clean in the mid-’70s and became one of the most respected singers in soul and blues. She has released 30 albums.
Beyonce is one of her many famous fans and covered ‘At Last’ at Glastonbury and T In The Park earlier this year. James released her version of the track in 1961. In 2008 Beyonce appeared as James in the film Cadillac Records.