(Gibson) Etta James Loses Fight With Cancer was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: Singing great Etta James, famous for "At Last" and many other hits, has died, CNN reports. She was 73.
Her long-running friend and manager Lupe De Leon said she died from complications from leukemia and had her husband and sons by her side in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 next Wednesday. The singer had been battling a number of health issues in recent years, including dementia and hepatitis C.
"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." more on this story