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FLORISSANT, MO. (KTVI) – Family and friends gathered at the Shalom Church City of Peace in Florissant on Friday night to honor the life and legacy of St. Louis native and R&B Soul and Gospel star Fontella Bass. Bass who`s best known for her 1965 hit ‘Rescue Me’ died on December 26th after a heart attack and complications from pneumonia.  Friend Bob Lawrence says the beautiful woman known as ‘Fonnie’ was special.

‘Her ability to sing….the way she did it was classy she was smooth as silk. ‘said Lawrence.

‘This diva we celebrate tonight Fontella Bass was one of a kind.’ said Pastor Freddy Clark.

Fans adored the music legend around the world, but one of her most prized accomplishments was getting a star on the St. Louis Walk of fame.

‘Fontella had a style about her even before she became famous that everybody loved, ‘said Lawrence.

The memory of Fontella Bass will live on and so will the legacy of a woman who lived her dream of sharing her voice with the world.

‘She was a beautiful person she will be missed.’ he said.

A tribute also took place at the Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop where Bass’ star is located. The memorial ended with family and friends singing their own rendition of “Rescue Me”.

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