The "At Last" singer was most recently portrayed by Beyoncé in the movie "Cadillac Records" showcasing her incredible talents and a rough life with alcohol and drug addiction in the early 1950's.
She was known for her powerful and yet gritty voice and has influenced many atiss like Adele, Diana Ross, Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse. She was also inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this painful time. Below take a look at one of her most notable performances.