How Did Etta James Die? Coroner's Office Releases Death Record
January 20, 2012 12:52 PM EST
Etta James died Friday at the age of 73, and the Riverside Coroner's Office in California has released her death record, which details how she died.
James died at 8 a.m. Friday at the Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center in Riverside, according to the Coroner's Office's official death record, which it released Friday (see actual document below):
The Coroner's Office's death record lays out the details of how Etta James died:
Etta James had been been suffering from leukemia, dementia and kidney failure before she died, according to court records obtained by the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The paper reported that she found out two weeks ago that her leukemia was incurable.
A beloved singer who penned such hits as "At Last," "Tell Mama" and other classics, Etta James, who lived in Riverside at the time of her death, would have turned 74 on Wednesday. She released her last album, "The Dreamer" last year.
Her fans are already lamenting her passing, posting messages on her videos on YouTube and Tweeting out their condolences on Twitter.
"Rest in peace, dear lady....we have your unforgettable music to hold dear to our hearts," YouTube user Whatanightmare1 posted on a video for the song "At Last" Friday afternoon.
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