Etta James Succumbs To Leukemia At 73

Etta JamesEtta James, whose sultry voice penned such hits as the incredible wedding favorite “At Last,” has died on January 20, 2012, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73.

James died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, De Leon said.
She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. James died at a hospital in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 Wednesday.

“This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world,” De Leon said. “She was a true original who could sing it all — her music defied category.
“I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always.”