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Etta James Funeral Details Announced

Rev. Al Sharpton will preside over service on Saturday

January 25, 2012 8:35 AM ET
Etta James
Etta James remembered on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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The family of late R&B icon Etta James have announced that the Rev. Al Sharpton will preside over her funeral on Saturday. A public viewing for the singer will be held on Friday at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, California, but the funeral at the Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena will be restricted to immediate family and friends.

James' family has requested that donations be sent to the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of R&B music.

James died at the age of 73 on Friday following a lengthy battle with leukemia, dementia and hepatitis C. The singer passed away at a California hospital with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons Donto and Sametto James by her side.

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