Etta James, the legendary blues singer, has died after a long battle with leukemia complications, her family said onFriday.
James had been placed under round-the-clock care since the end of last year, when her health deteriorated, she also suffered from kidney failure and dementia.
Her manager confirmed the news of her death on January 20th, to the Associated Press, just 5 days prior to her 74th birthday.
James was most well known for her song “At Last”, in a career that started in the 1950’s. She has won six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
She is ranked number 22 on Rolling Stones top 100 list of the Greatest Singers of All Time.
At the time of her birth in Los Angeles her mother was only 14 and the father was unknown, though James had suspected that her father was famous pool player, Rudolf “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone.
Starting in the 70’s James started having problems with drug addiction and subsequently legal issues, starting with a heroine habit for which she had visited several rehab centers to receive help for through the years. She received treatment as late as 2010 for an addiction to painkillers.
She had two sons, Donto and Sametto that she would perform with on occasion late in her life.