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Blues Legend Etta James Terminally Ill

It’s time to keep Etta James in your thoughts.

According to the “At Last” singer’s live-in physician, the blues icon is  terminally ill and has little time left after battling leukemia, dementia and kidney failure for several  years now.

Dr. Elaine James—who’s not related to the 73-year-old Grammy winner and Rock  and Roll Hall of Famer but has been providing the singer with around-the-clock  care at the latter’s home—told SoCal’s Riverside Press-Enterprise that medical experts  informed the performer two weeks ago that her chronic leukemia, a cancer of the  blood and bone marrow, was incurable.

“I am Southern and Christian and would just ask for the prayers of her fans  and friends,” the physician, who hails from South Carolina, told the newspaper  following a court hearing regarding James’ $1 million estate.

The doctor says she wanted to go public to let James’ fans know the severity  of her condition.

“They know she’s been sick, but not how sick,” she said.

James is barely able to communicate at this point, the physician added.

The probate proceeding in Riverside Superior Court was being held to  determine whether legal authority over James’ affairs should be transferred from  husband Artis Mills to her son, Donto James, who’s expressed concerns over his  mother’s treatment and care.

Another hearing is set for Monday, but a settlement is said to be close.

 

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