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Blues Singer Etta James is Terminally Ill

| by Michael Allen

Grammy-winning blues and soul singer Etta James is terminally ill, her longtime manager, Lupe De Leon, told the Entertainment Weekly: “Etta has a terminal illness. She’s in the final stages of leukemia. She has also been diagnosed with dementia and Hepatitis C.

“She’s in a home right now and mostly sleeps. She is under the care of a live-in doctor from Riverside Community Hospital and two others who have placed her on oxygen."

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“Her husband is with her 24 hours a day, and her sons visit regularly. We’re all very sad. We’re just waiting.”

James was hospitalized in early 2010 for dementia and leukemia, and went in again for similar problems in May 2011. There has been a family legal dispute over her assets and payment of her care.

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James, born Jamesetta Hawkins, has won four Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2003.

She is best known for her soulful rendition of 'At Last,' written in 1941 by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren. The tune first became a hit for Glenn Miller and his orchestra and was covered by Nat King Cole before being adopted by James in 1960.