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Beyoncé on Etta James' Death: "This Is a Huge Loss"

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Jan. 20 2012, Published 7:12 a.m. ET

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Having played her in the film Cadillac Records, Beyoncé wrote a special blog post today in honor of Etta James. The R&B legend passed away on Friday morning at the age of 73 due to leukemia.

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Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z have been celebrating the recent birth of their first child together, Blue Ivy Carter. The singer has been staying out of the spotlight, but today she wrote a new blog in light of the news of Etta's death.

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"This is a huge loss," she wrote. "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."

"Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist," Beyoncé continued referencing her film. "When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed."

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The "At Last" singer's longtime manager, Lupe De Leon, confirmed her death today in a statement.

"This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world," Lupe said. "She was a true original who could sing it all — her music defied category. I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always."

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