Beyoncé, rap mogul Russell Simmons, rocker Nathan Followill, actress Jessica Alba and hip-hop star ?uestlove are among the celebrities who have paid tribute to soul icon Etta James following her death last Friday. The music veteran passed away at a hospital in Riverside, Calif., after suffering complications from leukemia. She was 73.
As news of her tragic death broke, a host of stars turned to the Internet in remembrance of the legendary singer. Followill, who was among the first to tweet about James, wrote, “RIP Etta James. One of the greatest voices of all time. Thanks for the many romantic moments your music created.”
Beyoncé, who played James in the movie “Cadillac Records” and sang James’ famous hit “At Last” at President Obama’s inaugural ball, posted a message on her website: “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.”
Simmons simply posted, “RIP Etta James,” while ?uestlove wrote, “rip to Etta James. i will hold the torch high for The Roots name in your honor.”
Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx wrote, “RIP Etta James. Your music soothed and ignited passion in so many of us,” and rapper MC Hammer wrote, “When she sang she had the Gift to become ‘The Song’, the pain, the love, the Glory. RIP Etta James.”
Alba tweeted, “RIP EttaJames u r a legend and 1 of my all time favs -thank you for giving us all the gift of song -what a voice!” R&B star Kelly Rowland wrote, “CLASSIC. ONE OF A KIND. PURE SOUL. ETTA JAMES! Thank You for gracing us with your incredible talent & presence!”
British pop star Jessie J posted, “Just been told the legend that is Etta James has passed. Thank you for your voice your dedication to us and your gift. Your voice is timeless and will forever live on. I will always look to you for inspiration. R.I.P”
Meanwhile, former “Cheers” star Kirstie Alley remembered James by tweeting lyrics from her classic song “At Last” as other tributes poured in from actors Mia Farrow, Jamie Bell, Denise Richards and Emmy Rossum, singer Estelle, country star Chely Wright and Paramore’s Hayley Williams.