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Legendary blues singer Etta James, who is terminally ill with chronic leukemia, has been hospitalized after having trouble breathing.
The “At Last” singer was admitted to a hospital near her Riverside, Calif., home on Wednesday, Lupe De-Leon, her manager of 30 years, told Reuters.
“They took her to the hospital,” De-Leon said. “She was having trouble breathing, so they intubated her. She is on a breathing machine and is resting.”
The entertainer also suffers from dementia and kidney failure and requires 24-hour medical care. Last week, her doctor, Elaine James, who isn’t related to the 73-year-old entertainer, said the singer’s chronic leukemia was declared incurable two weeks ago. She said the singer communicates primarily by nodding and using simple words.
The doctor, who has cared for Etta James at the singer’s home since March 2010, said she wanted to spread word of the singer’s ailments so people will pray for her. She said fans know Etta James has been sick “but not how sick.”
On Wednesday, a Riverside County judge rules that James’ husband, Artis Mills, will remain conservator of her million-dollar estate.
James, a three-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has previously battled obesity and was addicted to heroin for several years.
She also has suffered from sepsis brought on by a urinary tract infection and has been hospitalized for treatment twice, in January 2010 and May 2011.
Her leukemia diagnosis was made public in January 2011.
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