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Legendary singer Etta James, best known for her 1961 cover of “At Last”, passed away today at age 73. Us Weekly says,

Blues legend Etta James lost her battle with leukemia early Friday, succumbing to her illness at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, Calif., her manager, Lupe De Leon, has confirmed.

The singer’s husband, Artis Mills, and sons were at her side at the time of her passing.

“This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world,” De Leon said of James, who would have turned 74 Wednesday. “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.”

People with voices and real talent like Etta die, while we’re left with “entertainers” like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Hell in a handbasket, people. Hell in a handbasket.

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