'Rescue Me' singer Fontella Bass dies

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Singer Fontella Bass died Thursday at age 72.

According to Reuters, Bass, who spent her final days in a hospice, died due to complications of a heart attack which occurred three weeks earlier.

Bass' songs include "Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing" and "You’ll Miss Me (When I’m Gone)." But her best known work was the song "Rescue Me," which topped the R&B charts in 1965.

"It held a special place in her heart," her daughter Neuka Mitchell said of the song. "She sang it every time she performed."

Other stars such as Cher and Linda Ronstadt produced their own variations of the song in the following years.

Bass came from a family of singers. Her mother, Martha, was a singer in her St. Louis gospel group, while her brother, David Peaston, produced hit songs during the 1980s-1990s.

"She's going to be missed," Mitchell said. "Her big personality. Her love for family. Her big, giving heart and her cooking."

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a funeral for the singer is pending.

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