Sadly, she lost her battle to leukemia on Friday (January 20), and Etta James' famous friends are speaking out and paying their respects online .
Beyoncé, who portrayed James in the movie “Cadillac Records,” wrote 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. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. 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.”