Etta James' condition seemed to worsen since it was revealed that she is terminally ill with chronic leukemia. Lupe De-Leon, the legendary blues singer's manager of 30 years, told Reuters on Friday, December 23, that she has been placed on a breathing machine after experiencing difficulty breathing.
The "At Last" singer was admitted to a hospital near her Riverside, California home on Wednesday, December 21. "They took her to the hospital," Lupe said. "She was having trouble breathing, so they intubated her. She is on a breathing machine and is resting." The manager added, "It is really sad. She is like my sister."
Etta's live-in doctor, Dr. Elaine James, revealed days earlier that the 73-year-old, who was also diagnosed with dementia and kidney failure, is "gravely ill" and is under 24-hour medical care. The doctor added the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member can only communicate with mostly "uh-huhs" and "no's".