‘Rescue Me’ Singer Fontella Bass, 72, Dies of Heart Attack (July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012)

Fontella Bass 60s72-year-old Fontella Bass, best known for her 1965 megahit “Rescue Me,” passed away in St. Louis, Missouri. Her daughter Neuka Mitchell tells various news outlets that her mother died on Wednesday due to complications from a heart attack she had three weeks ago.

In the late 80’s, Bass told the New York Times that the later part of “Rescue Me” where she hums “hmm mmm hmm mmm” was a result of her forgetting the lyrics.

While the song was featured in many movies and commercials (including a “Deliver Me” Pizza Hut by Aretha Franklin), Bass failed to see proper royalties and eventually won a case against American Express after suing them in 1993.

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