Singer Etta James, who has been battling leukemia and was declared terminally ill this past December, has lost the battle with the cancer and passed away at the age of 73. The legendary songstress had been struggling with dementia, a blood infection, and other health problems throughout much of 2011.

The news comes five days before her 74th birthday, and only two weeks after being admitted to a hospital because of breathing problems. She was later released after her blood pressure stabilized.

The singer, who was most known for bridging the gap between rock and roll and blues, won six Grammys and 17 Blues Music awards over the span of her fruitful career, and wrote the classic tune "At Last." She was portrayed by Beyoncé in the movie Cadillac Records and was inducted into the Rock and Roll and Grammy Hall Of Fame in the '90s.

May Etta James rest in peace.

[via CNNMarkBixler]