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.


Russian pop singer/model Oksana Pochepa is claiming to be piece of ass responsible for the demise of Mel Gibson’s marriage, but the women pictured with him in Costa Rica and on the set of his new movie look nothing like her. The Daily Mail says

Oksana Pochepa, 24, said she was the unidentified female photographed with the star during his Boston shoot of new movie Edge Of Darkness. She said she was also with him on holiday in Costa Rica.

However, the fair Miss Pochepa looks very different to the dark-haired woman who visited Gibson in Boston. The woman who embraced Gibson on a Costa Rican beach also bears little resemblance to Pochepa, leaving Mel linked to and pictured with no less than four women.

Mel Gibson might be a confirmed drunk and a whoremonger, but I don’t know if we can trust this Oksana chick. Something about her story doesn’t add up. And it’s not like Russians haven’t been caught lying before. Like last year when they claimed they were still a democracy and that one time they said they weren’t drunk. I’ll believe that when I see it!

All the various kitty he’s been linked to, and a bonus Oksana music video after the jump.


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