The legendary Etta James succumbed to leukemia this morning, and people all over are remembering the singer’s 73 years of life in different ways.
“This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.”
For many, Twitter provides a natural outlet to mourn and pay tribute. Celebrities as varied as Questlove, Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill, and Nancy Grace have already tweeted about James; we’ve included many of them below:
Nathan Followill: RIP Etta James. One of the greatest voices of all time. Thanks for the many romantic moments your music created.
Talib Kweli: RIP Etta James. You will be missed tremendously….
Azealia Banks: R.I.P Etta James. ….. I got into LaGuardia singing “At Last.”
Nancy Grace: Etta James, we loved you so. I danced to your songs at my wedding. Good night, friend.
Flo Rida: I’m deeply saddened by the passing of the Great Etta James and I will be forever grateful for the gift she blessed me with.
Estelle: #np if I cant have you Etta James.
Kirstie Alley: At last my love has come along..my lonely days are over….RIP Etta James
David Boreanaz: The magic that is and will ever be has passed away. RIP Etta James. #soul
Kelly Rowland: CLASSIC. ONE OF A KIND. PURE SOUL. ETTA JAMES! Thank You for gracing us with your incredible talent & presence!
Questlove: rip tp Etta James. i will hold the torch high for The Roots name in your honor.
Portugal the Man: Etta James – All I Could Do Was Cry.
Duff McKagan: RIP Etta James. A WARRIOR of a woman. A talent without equal.
Shannon Tweed: Etta James, you have been an inspiration to my family for our lifetime. thank you RIP
Soleil Moon Frye: RIP Etta James. Your music inspired me and so many of my magic moments in my life had you singing all around me.
Denise Richards: so sad to hear Etta James passed away…..my heart goes out to her loved ones..
Eric Hutchinson: Sad to hear Etta James has passed away. Huge fan of her and that voice. Listening to the “At Last” album in her honor.
9th Wonder: Gone….but not forgotten……Rest in Peace Etta James……thank you for paving the way…for us….
Gabrielle Union: We’ve lost another treasure…RIP ETTA JAMES
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