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Etta James breathing on her own again

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Soul singer Etta James, who is terminally ill with leukemia, has been taken off a respirator and is breathing on her own again, her friend and manager said on Friday.

Lupe De Leon said the "At Last" singer, 73, is soon expected to leave the intensive care unit of a hospital near her home in Riverside, east of Los Angeles.

"The hospital is preparing Etta for release from ICU to a step down unit. She is stable and breathing on her own. Her blood pressure is normal," De Leon said.

James was admitted to the hospital last week because she was struggling to breathe. She has been in failing health for several years and suffers from leukemia, kidney disease and dementia but had previously been cared for at her Southern California home.

Her live-in doctor said earlier in December that James was considered terminally ill, and that she communicates mostly with nods and simple words. The three-time Grammy Award singer earlier battled obesity and was addicted to heroin for many years.

James was a key figure in the early days of R&B music with hit songs like "The Wallflower" and "Good Rockin' Daddy". But it was her 1961 recording of the ballad "At Last" that put her on the map.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy)

Jazz singer and songwriter Etta James arrives as a guest at the premiere of the film "Cadillac Records" in Hollywood, California, in this November 24, 2008 file photograph. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files...

   

I am So Very Sorry to see this!
I've seen her 3 x.
1st time was in the 60's when she had the hit song, "Tell Mama"
Then she was on stage with (smokey&)the Miracles and Little Anthony & the Imperials.
The 2d time was in the 70's, I saw her in a gay bar on/near Folsom st in SF.
Then the third time was when Karen rented a limo and we saw her in concert at the Filmore. That was early Dec. of 2007
.. she hugged the speaker and kissed it, looked like she was saying good-bye to it .. I felt Very Sad Sad
I'm glad I kept the poster from that night.
she sung to our hearts .. remember?Damn Your Eyes! .. I thought she was singing "damn your ass Wink
either way it applies Smile

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By Denise Quan and Alan DukeCNN
POSTED: 1:11 am EST January 2, 2012 UPDATED: 1:18 pm EST

January 2, 2012


Fred Prouser/Reuters
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Singer Etta James is "nearing the end of her time," but her health has improved in recent days allowing doctors to remove the respirator that was helping her breath, according to her sons' lawyer.

James, 73, has been in a Southern California hospital for two weeks battling the final stages of terminal leukemia and suffering from dementia.

The "At Last" singer spent New Year's Eve watching the ball drop with her sons, Donto and Sametto James, in her hospital room, said Donto James, who played drums in his mother's Roots band for 15 years.

"She's all right," James said. "My brother and I would like to see her stay in the hospital a little longer until she gets more stable. Our main concern is for her to be taken care of right."

Paul Wright, a lawyer represents the sons in their dispute with Etta James' husband over who makes decisions for her, said Sunday that the singer is "nearing the ends of her time, but she's a tough lady."

The judge overseeing James' conservatorship approved an agreement last month in which husband Artis Mills is the conservator, but he must equally share "end of life" decisions with the sons, Wright said.

Mills is also limited in how much of her estate he can spend and he cannot "encumber her music catalog," Wright said.

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I read she was released from the hospital on the 10th .. tis now the 13th
I hope she gets her "At Last" Moment and it lasts for all eternity ∞



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