Etta James Funeral Date Announced
One week after ending her struggle with leukemia and passing away at the age of 73, renowned vocalist Etta James will be laid to rest with a public viewing at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, C.A., this Friday (Jan. 27). A private service for family and close friends will be held the following morning.
James' family, currently embroiled in a long-simmering legal battle over her estate, has asked that fans wishing to make donations in her name send them to the Rhythm & Blues Foundation. The Reverend Al Sharpton will preside over the private service, scheduled to be held in nearby Gardena.
James, whose illustrious career included her legendary recording of 'At Last' and hits such as 'All I Could Do Is Cry,' 'Sunday Kind of Love,' 'Pushover,' and 'Tell Mama,' overcame a long heroin addiction later in life, but had struggled with multiple health issues in recent years. In addition to her battle with leukemia, she suffered from hepatitis C, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009 and hospitalized twice over the last two years because of life-threatening infections. She is survived by her husband, Artis Mills, and her two sons.