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Etta James is Terminally Ill

Doctor Asks for Prayers

12/16/2011 10:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Etta James
Etta James -- famous for her incredible rendition of "At Last" -- is "terminally ill" ... so says her live-in doctor ... who is now asking fans to pray for the 73-year-old singer.

According to the doctor, Etta's chronic leukemia was declared incurable two weeks ago.

Etta -- whose health has been on a rapid decline the last few years -- was hospitalized in May over a life-threatening blood infection. Months before, the singer was diagnosed with both dementia and leukemia. 


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Whitney    

Man...I'm sorry to hear that. Such a legend.

952 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Sad news indeed. Etta is an amazing woman! Lets hope her leukemia goes into remission.

952 days ago
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CountryGal    

Praying for Ms. James!!

952 days ago
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Jackson    

What kind of doctor asks for prayers?

952 days ago
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Kaffee    

Sad to hear--hope she is not in pain. Love hearing that song--At Last--best ever!

952 days ago
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Kyle    

Sad news, Etta has had more than her share of hardships.
Now this...
Let's hope somehow she overcomes this horrible disease.

952 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

What's the shock? Everybody dies. Let her go. Move on.

952 days ago
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TMZer    

Sad news..."At Last" was my wedding song. Hopefully she isn't in any pain. A another true legend will be lost!

952 days ago
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Kyle    

BTW, Give a listen to Etta James - "Etta James Rocks The House" 1964 live album and see where Janis Joplin copped much of her style.

952 days ago
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Chopin's Romance    

This makes me feel bad. Etta is a lovely woman and such a wonderful singer. But dementia and leukemia too? That is not good. God bless you, Miss James. I hope your suffering is brief.

952 days ago
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Jack Watson    

Etta is on the way out and those friggin' gypsy Kardashians get to stay? Where is the justice in THAT?

952 days ago
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Phreaky    

This is so unfair. TAKE A KARTRASHIAN INSTEAD!

952 days ago
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ray    

will miss her, I remember, on a show on HBO with BB king Eric Clapton etc etc, Etta performed with doctor John, (i musta been ) a blind boy. It was great.

952 days ago
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pastryguy    

Let's just be glad that her doctor isn't Conrad Murray!

952 days ago
15.

lee    

One of her best performance ever w/ Chuck Berry.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z2wuVp00-o

952 days ago
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