We say farewell to an icon today.
This morning we say good bye to Etta James. She brought us hits like ” Tell Mama”, ” If I Can’t Have You” and the unforgettable “At Last”.
Etta James’ manager says the singer has died in Southern California.
Lupe De Leon tells The Associated Press the singer died early this morning at Riverside Community Hospital.
James would have celebrated her 74th birthday Wednesday.
The singer’s health started to fail in early 2010 after a urinary tract infection led to sepsis. In the year after, she was diagnosed with dementia, leukemia and organic brain syndrome, according to court documents from a 2011 case in which her husband Artis Mills, sought control of her assets.
A genre-bending musical trail-blazer, James could be an electrifying performer on stage who dabbled in R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and jazz. James was a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues, Rockabilly and Grammy halls of fame and earned a lifetime achievement Grammy.
Rest in peace Etta James.