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24 January 2012, 08:31 | Updated: 21 March 2014, 10:41
Adele has described Etta James as the "ultimate original"
The 'At Last' singer passed away at the age of 73 on Friday (January 20) in a hospital in Riverside, California after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010.
Speaking about the iconic artist, Adele wrote on her official blog:
"What a lady Etta James was. She was the ultimate original. Her voice was breath taking and her songs are reflections we all recognise in some way or another. Its an honour every time I hear her voice.
"I saw her at BB Kings in New York a few years ago, and it was something I will remember forever. Thank you to Etta James. And i send all my love to her family and friends xxxx"
Watch Etta James perform 'At Last':