Soul Singer Fontella Bass, who became famous with hits such as “Rescue Me” has died. She was 72.
Bass died Wednesday night at a St. Louis hospice of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago, her daughter, Neuka Mitchell, said. Bass had also suffered a series of strokes over the past seven years.
“She was an outgoing person,” Mitchell said of her mother. “She had a very big personality. Any room she entered she just lit the room up, whether she was on stage or just going out to eat.”
She co-wrote “Rescue Me,” reaching No. 1 on the R&B charts and No. 4 on the Billboard pop singles chart. Bass’s powerful voice bore a striking resemblance to that of Aretha Franklin.
“Rescue Me” has been covered by many top artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Cher, Melissa Manchester and Pat Benatar. Aretha Franklin also sang a form of it too – as “Deliver Me” in a Pizza Hut TV ad in 1991.
Bass received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in the Loop in May 2000. Her health started fading after a series of strokes beginning in 2005.
She is survived by four children.
The Huffington Post contributed to this report.