Beyonce Responds to Death of Etta James: ‘This Is a Huge Loss’

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Singer and new mom Beyonce released a statement Friday afternoon in response to the death of legendary singer Etta James, whom she played in the 2008 movie Cadillac Records.

“This is a huge loss,” she wrote (via The Los Angeles Times). “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,” she continued. “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.”

Etta James died Friday morning of complications from leukemia. She was 73.

For more on Beyonce’s performance in Cadillac Records, check out this clip below, in which she sings the classic song ‘All I Could Do Was Cry.’