Beyonce, Aretha & More Remember Etta James

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Etta James and Beyonce at the 'Cadillac Records' premiere in Hollywood (Nov. 2008) -- Getty Images
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Etta James and Beyonce at the 'Cadillac Records' premiere in Hollywood (Nov. 2008) -- Getty Images

Beyonce and other members of the music world are remembering the late singing legend Etta James, who died on Friday at the age of 73.

"This is a huge loss," Beyonce, who portrayed the singer in 2008's "Cadillac Records," said in a statement to Access Hollywood on Friday.

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"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," the new mom's statement continued.

Adding, "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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Other music stars also took time to remember the singer

"Etta James was one of the great soul singers of our generation. An American original! I loved 'Pushover,' 'At Last' and almost any and everything she recorded!!! When Etta SUNG, you heard it!" Aretha Franklin said in a statement.

"RIP to the late and great Etta James. Your voice and your fight inspired me and many. I love that through recordings, people can live forever," Pink Tweeted.

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Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland also took to Twitter, writing, "CLASSIC. ONE OF A KIND. PURE SOUL. ETTA JAMES! Thank You for gracing us with your incredible talent & presence!"

Will.i.am remembered the singing great,Tweeting, "Showing respect appreciation and love for all the wonderful music and joy #ettajames brought to the world...#ettajamesforever."

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As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com , the "At Last" singer died on Friday from complications of leukemia. The singer's husband and sons were at her side.

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