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Etta James Diagnosed with Leukemia, Dementia

1/14/2011 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"At Last" singer Etta James is receiving 24-hour health care at her Southern California home after being diagnosed with leukemia and dementia -- and now her family is going to war over the bills.

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The 72-year-old singer's husband and son are at odds over who should be in charge of controlling the singer's fortune to pay her costly medical bills.

According to court documents, Etta's husband wants to move more than $1 million into a joint account so he can personally control the spending ... while Etta's son believes the money should be controlled by a third party to "avoid future and present family conflict."

In court documents, Etta's husband claims the main reason he wants control of the cash is to fulfill his wife's wish not to live her final days in a hospital.

A hearing is scheduled for later today.

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TMP    

:(

1324 days ago
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Ohno    

I have idea who that lady is, but it's NOT Etta James.

1324 days ago
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kim    

That lady is not Etta James TMZ!!!

1324 days ago
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kim    

That lade is not Etta James TMZ!!!

1324 days ago
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Lucy    

TMZ couldn't take the time to get the correct picture. The woman pictured bears no resemblance to Etta James. Try again TMZ. Are you sure the story is correct?

1324 days ago
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HorrorFatale    

That's not Etta James as everyone keeps pointing out.

1324 days ago
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WTF?    

TMZ YOU ARE SO WRONG FOR THIS. THAT IS NOT ETTA JAMES. I REPEAT THAT IS NOT ETTA JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1324 days ago
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Tia    

There are so many pictures of Etta you can easily look up on the internet and yall post the wrong person.

1324 days ago
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Gumah    

It's sad that situations like these bring out the worst in people - families just get ugly when it comes to money. And to think there's people out there praying for "world peace" - families can't even get it together!

How sad for this incredible woman. Prayers for her.

1324 days ago
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Gadgetgirl    

i don't know who she is, but i know who she's not: etta james.

1324 days ago
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punkin    

I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me or something. How can TMZ NOT know that the photo is NOT ETTA JAMES!!

1324 days ago
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punkin    

Thanks for posting the correct picture!

1324 days ago
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nahnah    

her name is etta jones not james she is a jazz singer that worked with houston person.

1324 days ago
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Lucy    

So everyone, including myself, alerts the inept staff at TMZ that their original picture was NOT Etta James. And what do you do, you find an uncomplementary photo of her and post it. I assume there's some kind of dislike for Ms. James at TMZ. For some reason that wasted, no talent trailer load Lohan family gets more respect. Try searching the internet for a decent picture of Ms. James. Give her some respect on her last days or just stop reporting on her.

1324 days ago
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Sarcastic1     

Etta "Vicodin" James looks like Beyonce's mama Tina Knowles

1324 days ago
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