"At Last" Singer Etta James Is Terminally Ill

Celebrity News Dec. 16, 2011 AT 2:45PM
"At Last" Singer Etta James Is Terminally Ill Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Singer Etta James is now terminally ill.

Her doctor, Elaine James (not related to the singer), told the Riverside Press-Enterprise (in Riverside, Calif.) that the beloved "At Last" songstress' chronic leukemia was declared incurable two weeks ago.

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The 73-year-old entertainer has been suffering from cancer, dementia and kidney failure. Her doctor asked for prayers from the singer's fans.

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"They know she's been sick, but not how sick," Dr. James told the Riverside Press-Enterprise, adding that Etta's communication now is limited mostly to "uh-huhs" and "nos."

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Dr. James made her comments outside a Riverside, Calif. conservatorship hearing over the singer's $1 million estate. Etta's son, Donto James, wants control of his mother's assets rather than her husband, Artis Mills.

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