Death of Fontella Bass

July 3, 1940 - December 26, 2012
Saint Louis, Missouri | Age 72

'Rescue Me' singer dies in US
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JIM SALTER, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, 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...

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