Kings Of Leon, Azealia Banks, Katy B, Nile Rodgers pay tribute to Etta James

The soul singer passed away this morning at a California hospital

A host of stars from the music world have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to Etta James who died today (January 20) aged 73.

The legendary soul singer in hospital in California, says longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon, reports CNN. Etta James was suffering from terminal leukemia, kidney disease, hepatitis C and dementia.

Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill wrote:

RIP Etta James. One of the greatest voices of all time. Thanks for the many romantic moments your music created.


Azealia Banks made a reference to her audition for a New York performing arts college, tweeting: “R.I.P Etta James. I got into LaGuardia singing ‘At Last’.” Meanwhile Katy B wrote: “R.I.P Etta James, raw talent”, and Florence And The Machine/Adele producer Paul Epworth commented: “RIP the wonderful Etta James.”

Nile Rodgers of Chic recalled: “When I was a kid, I remember walking all the way to Flash Record Shop in LA to buy a 45 rpm single by Etta James RIP.”

Obituary: Etta James