We are very sad to report that legendary soul singer Etta James has just passed away at age 73. Her close friend and manager Lupe De Leon released this statement:

" 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."

James  died from complications from leukemia which she was diagnosed with in 2010. Mrs. James also suffered from dementia and Hepatitis C.

With her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, James died at a hospital in Riverside, Calif. She would have been 74 years old Wednesday.