Hard luck blues singer Etta James dies at age 73

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Posted: Jan 20, 2012 12:03 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three-time Grammy winner singer Etta James, a pioneer of 1950s rhythm-and-blues and rock music known for her show-stopping hit "At Last," has died at age 73, her manager said on Friday.

James, died on Friday morning at a hospital in Riverside, California, of complications from leukemia, Lupe De Leon said. She would have turned 74 on Wednesday.

James was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago and had been in ill-health for the last few months.

(Reporting By Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Jill Serjeant)