Singer Etta James terminally ill: doctorReuters
December 17, 2011 10:45 AM
Dr. Elaine James, who is no relation to the singer, told a California newspaper in a video interview that the 73-yearold At Last singer has leukemia, dementia and kidney disease among her "many, many illnesses."
"At the present time, Etta is considered terminally ill," the doctor told the Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside, Calif. east of Los Angeles. Dr. James added that the diagnosis was made about two weeks ago by three medical specialists including an oncologist and an internist from a local hospital where the singer is frequently treated.
James's two sons, Donto and Sametto, told Reuters Friday that they were not sure the terminally ill diagnosis was accurate and it was announced without the family's agreement.
The singer's sons are involved in a court battle with their stepfather Artis Mills over conservatorship of James's $1 million estate.
With songs like The Wallflower and Good Rockin' Daddy, James, a three-time Grammy winner, was a key figure in the early days of rock 'n' roll and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
The singer has battled obesity and heroin addiction throughout her life. She lost more than 200 pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 2003.
In November, she released an album entitled The Dreamer.
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