By Ray Rahman
January 20, 2012 at 06:29 PM EST
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The legendary Etta James succumbed to leukemia this morning, and people all over are remembering the singer’s 73 years of life in different ways.

Beyonce, who famously played the star in 2008’s Cadillac Records — and ran into some static with the older star later — took to her website with the following statement:

“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.”

For many, Twitter provides a natural outlet to mourn and pay tribute. Celebrities as varied as Questlove, Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill, and Nancy Grace have already tweeted about James; we’ve included many of them below:

Nathan Followill: RIP Etta James. One of the greatest voices of all time. Thanks for the many romantic moments your music created.

Talib Kweli: RIP Etta James. You will be missed tremendously….

Azealia Banks: R.I.P Etta James. :( ….. I got into LaGuardia singing “At Last.”

Nancy Grace: Etta James, we loved you so. I danced to your songs at my wedding. Good night, friend.

Flo Rida: I’m deeply saddened by the passing of the Great Etta James and I will be forever grateful for the gift she blessed me with.

Estelle: #np if I cant have you Etta James.

Kirstie Alley: At last my love has come lonely days are over….RIP Etta James

David Boreanaz: The magic that is and will ever be has passed away. RIP Etta James. #soul

Kelly Rowland: CLASSIC. ONE OF A KIND. PURE SOUL. ETTA JAMES! Thank You for gracing us with your incredible talent & presence!

Questlove: rip tp Etta James. i will hold the torch high for The Roots name in your honor.

Portugal the Man: Etta James – All I Could Do Was Cry.

Duff McKagan: RIP Etta James. A WARRIOR of a woman. A talent without equal.

Shannon Tweed: Etta James, you have been an inspiration to my family for our lifetime. thank you RIP

Soleil Moon Frye: RIP Etta James. Your music inspired me and so many of my magic moments in my life had you singing all around me.

Denise Richards: so sad to hear Etta James passed away… heart goes out to her loved ones..

Eric Hutchinson: Sad to hear Etta James has passed away. Huge fan of her and that voice. Listening to the “At Last” album in her honor.

9th Wonder: Gone….but not forgotten……Rest in Peace Etta James……thank you for paving the way…for us….

Gabrielle Union: We’ve lost another treasure…RIP ETTA JAMES


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