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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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RY    

I hope Beyonce can forgive her for what she said about her. It was obviously the dementia talking.

1295 days ago
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Truth    

I RECALL A COUPLA YRS BACK ETTA JAMES FIRST GOT SICK AND HER SON(S) WHO ARE IN HER BAND TALKED ABOUT MONEY ISSUES SAYING THEY HOPED SHE GET WELL SO SHE CAN CONTINUE HER TOUR. SENSED THERE WERE FINANCIAL ISSUES THEN... NOW IT ALL COMES OUT. ANOTHER FAMILY FEUD. SMFH.

1295 days ago
18.

sharon    

Thank heavens her son is stepping in to protect her.

1295 days ago
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GAAvilez    

Have you guys heard of "Google"??? I know the young ones might not know who Etta is right away but common . . . check your facts along with Google!

1295 days ago
20.

me    

THAT IS NOT ETTA JAMES!!! Get it together TMZ!

1295 days ago
21.

michelle    

Um,TMZ this is not Etta James if you are going to do a post the least you can do is put up the correct picture of the person you are writing about.

1295 days ago
22.

Gwen    

ummmm idk who needs to be fired but thats not Etta James.

1295 days ago
23.

Trayceq    

Sorry Guys...But that is not Etta James. I don't know who it is...but somebody dropped the ball on this one....BIG TIME!

1295 days ago
24.

dd    

Get it together she needs her men right now.

1295 days ago
25.

GAAvilez    

Yeah, that's not Etta James . . . wrong pic!

1295 days ago
26.

rob    

NOT Etta....lame

1295 days ago
27.

Tracee    

Etta James is a very fair-skinned woman and the picture shown is not Etta James!

1295 days ago
28.

Catapillar    

The picture is Tina Knowles

1295 days ago
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Marcia     

Well, this certainly helps explain the "a** whoopin'" she wanted to hand to Beyonce. Dementia is often diagnosed after personality changes (such as aggression) are noticed.

1295 days ago
30.

queen love    

The BODY is not even cold yet...couldn't wait huh?

1295 days ago
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