Blues Diva Etta James Dead At 73 But Legend Lives On

Legendary blues and R&B singer Etta James died Friday morning from complications of leukemia, son Donto James announced in a press statement. James, who was 73, had battled failing health for many years. In addition to leukemia, James also reportedly suffered from kidney failure and dementia.

Etta James died early Friday morning at Riverside Community Hospital in California, according to her manager, Lupe De Leon. The “At Last” singer was diagnosed with leukemia last January and her cancer was announced as terminal in December by her doctors. James died surrounded by her family, with husband Artis Mills and her two sons, Donto and Sametto, by her bedside.

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Beyonce Pisses Off Etta James

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Sasha Fierce has gone and riled up the legendary Etta James, by singing her legendary song- “At Last” for Barack Obama at his inauguration. Etta is not Beyonce’s biggest fan…or Obama’s. At a recent concert Etta threatened to whoop Ms. Fierce’s ass, and wondered what gave THAT diva the right to sing HER SONG at the ball. Quoth Etta:

You know, your President, the one with the big ears — he ain’t my President — had that woman singing for him at his Inauguration. She’s going to get her ass whooped… ‘How dare Beyoncè sing my song that I been singing forever. Now I’m going to sing it for y’all….”

Loud and clear, Miz Etta! Snarkista is DYING to see an Etta/Beyonce smackdown…hey, SNL? It would be SO much better than last week’s show. You go, Etta. Beyonce and Barack deserve each other.