Los Angeles - Pioneering US blues singer Etta James, who flitted effortlessly from jazz, pop and love ballads to feisty R&B and who plunged into drug addiction before resurrecting her career to win six Grammys, died on Friday from leukaemia, her manager said.
She was 73.
"Her music defied category. I worked with Etta for over 30 years.
"She was my friend and I will miss her always," Lupe De Leon said in a statement, adding that the soulful singer, best known for her 1960 hit At Last, died at a hospital in Riverside, California.