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Etta James dies

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Rhythm and blues singer Etta James has died at the age of 73.

The Grammy-winning star, whose 1961 hit At Last won her millions of fans around the world, passed away in California after a lengthy battle with leukemia.

Confirming the news to CNN, Etta's manager and lifelong friend Lupe De Leon said, "This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world.

"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."

Etta, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, was defined by her incredible, raw and passionate voice.

Over the years, At Last has become a staple song at weddings, with thousands of newlyweds walking down the aisle or performing their first dance to the gutsy, heartfelt ballad.

Most recently, Beyonce serenaded Obama and the First Lady to a version of At Last during his 2009 inauguration ball.

She was also the voice of the infamous Diet Coke/stripping man ad (below), back in the 90s.

Etta's musical achievements were honoured with four Grammys over the years and her life was brought to life on the big-screen - again by Beyonce - in 2008 movie Cadillac Records (above, photo three).

What are your memories of Etta? Share with us on Twitter or remember her at her best, with our Etta videos and photos.

Etta receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2003 (above) and with Muhammad Ali in 1974 (below).

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