American singer, whose 1965 single Rescue Me topped US R&B charts, is survived by four children
Fontella Bass, the soul singer who topped the US R&B charts with Rescue Me in 1965, has died.
The singer's daughter, Neuka Mitchell, said Bass died at a St Louis hospice on Wednesday night of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago.
The 72-year-old, who had suffered several strokes since 2005, is survived by three other children.
Bass was born into a family with deep musical roots. Her mother was the gospel singer Martha Bass, one of the Clara Ward Singers. Her younger brother, David Peaston, had a string of R&B hits in the 1980s and 1990s. He died in February, aged 54.
Her husband, the jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, a member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, died in 1999.
Source: The AP