Etta James, born Jamesetta Hawkins, 73, who started her career in the 50’s and is most known for the songs “At Last,” “I’d Rather Go Blind” and “Tell Mama” was placed on a breathing machine on Wednesday and was under sedation on Saturday.
The legendary singer has been battling leukemia, kidney disease, Hepatitis C and Alzheimer/dementia and was deemed as terminally ill by her doctor as her health began to deteriorate over the years. According to reports, Etta James’ doctor stated the singer has little time left and her chronic leukemia is incurable. Doctors at Riverside hospital hope to wean her from sedation by Sunday in hopes that she can go home within a few days.
Through the span of Etta James’ career, she battled a heroin addiction which was briefly featured in the movie Cadillac Records played by Beyonce Knowles.
From the early 70’s until the late 80’s, Etta James was in and out of rehabilitation centers. Etta James’ substance abuse continued until 2010 with this time being addicted to pain killers.
The legendary singer has over 30 awards and recognitions which include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Billboard R&B Founders Award, Blues Hall of Fame, over 14 awards from the Blues Foundation, amongst others.