Eartha Kitt died on December 25, 2008 of colon cancer. She was 81.
Her cancer was diagnosed and treated two years ago. After a period of remission, it recurred leading to her death today.
A family friend told Reuters News that she had come back strongly after her illness and had been performing up to two months ago. In September of 2007, she was featured at the newly renovated Cafe Carlyle in New York.
Her cancer was discovered when a visit to the doctor for carpal tunnel syndrome revealed anemia. After surgery in April 2006, she advised everyone to get a colonoscopy.
Her most famous hit, Santa Baby, was a Christmas standard and recently went gold. She received the gold record before she died.
Over a long career on stage, in the movies, and on television, Kitt received two Emmys and a Grammy. She was also nominated for two Tonys. She was best known on television for her portrayal of Catwoman in the 1960′s Batman series.