Etta James Dead: Country Artists React on Twitter
After a long bout with leukemia, legendary 'At Last' soul singer Etta James died today with her family by her side. Saddened by this great loss in the music community, country stars have hit Twitter to share their condolences to the family of the 73-year-old powerhouse.
"We're saddened to hear of Etta James passing today," Little Big Town said via Twitter. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Her voice has been and will always be a part of all of our lives. In our wildest dreams we could have never imagined having the chance to hear her record a piece of music we wrote. Hearing her sing 'Boondocks' is an honor we will treasure forever."
Some stars are less elaborate in their comments but are offering them up nonetheless. "Etta James dies at last. RIP," tweeted Jaron Lowenstein of Jaron and the Long Road to Love. Similarly, James Otto tweeted, "RIP Etta James!" and LeAnn Rimes tweeted, "RIP to the wonderfully soulful Etta James. You will always be in our heart & on our radios. What a voice, a sad loss."
James was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and has been suffering from complications from the terminal illness, as well as dementia and hepatitis C, for a while now. Next Wednesday would have been her 74th birthday. Her friend and longtime manager Lupe De Lion confirmed her death today and offered his thoughts to CNN.
"This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world," he said. "She was a true original who could sing it all -- her music defied category."
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