According to Bass’s family, she passed away in a St. Louis hospital where she was admitted after having a heart attack three weeks ago.
Ever since 2005 the soulful R&B crooner suffered a string of strokes, forcing her family to prepare for the worst.
She leaves behind four children. One of which, Neuka Mitchell, took the time to remember her mother’s outgoing spirit.
“She was an outgoing person,” she said of her mother. “She had a very big personality. Any room she entered she just lit the room up, whether she was on stage or just going out to eat.”
With a big personality and deep roots in the music industry it was only a matter of time before she became a R&B legend.
Her mother, Martha Bass, was one of the Clara Ward Singers and beautifully belted out many gospel hits. Even her brother was a music superstar. David Peaston released several hits during his career from the 1980s to the 1990s before passing away at the age of 54.
Following in her family’s footsteps Fontella began singing at the age of 6 when she began a member of her church’s choir. She even got a taste of the music business as she traveled all around the world with her mother’s gospel group.