According to reports, 73-year-old soul singer Etta James has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit and has been placed on a breathing machine. James, who is terminally ill with leukaemia, entered a California hospital earlier this week, according to her long-term manager, Lupe De-Leon.
De-Leon told Reuters:
They took her to the hospital. She was having trouble breathing, so they intubated her. She is on a breathing machine and is resting…It is really sad. She is like my sister.
James, who is best known for her recordings of songs such as ‘At Last’ and ‘Tell Mama’, has been receiving 24-hour care from her live-in doctor Elaine James since her diagnosis three weeks ago. The singer’s doctor has revealed that her patient is currently communicating with nods and simple words.
The singer has been in poor health for the past few years, also suffering from dementia and kidney failure.
Etta James was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and is the recipient of six Grammy awards.
Raised in Los Angeles, James began singing as a child at church and joined a doo-wop group in her early teens. Addicted to heroin throughout the ’60s, she got clean in the mid-’70s and became one of the most respected singers in soul and blues. She has released 30 albums.