FOX2: The music world lost a great voice overnight Wednesday. St. Louis born R&B and Gospel great, Fontella Bass, passed away Wednesday night.
According to Bass` daughter, Neuka Michell, the singer suffered a heart attack on December 2nd, 2012. Bass tried to hold on, but died of complications around 9:45 p.m.
Fans most fondly remembered live performances of ‘Rescue Me’. Bass co-wrote and sang the 1965 hit. That single sold more than a million copies and stayed at #1 for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 R&B Chart. The hit has been covered by such music goddesses as Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt, Cher, Melissa Manchester and Pat Benatar.