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.
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.”