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article imageBlues singer Etta James dead at age 73

By KJ Mullins     Jan 20, 2012 in Entertainment
Grammy Award-winning singer Etta James has died from complications from leukemia, with her family by her side in California. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2010.
Etta James
was known for her soulful voice. The 2001 Blue Hall of Fame inductee started her career in the 1950s. She battled drug addiction, which lead to a prison term in 1974. She was sent to treatment instead of a cell. Her legal problems and use of drugs sidelined her career for over a decade. She continued struggling with addiction until 1988 when she went to the Betty Ford Clinic. That same year she made a comeback with the album, The Seven Year Itch.
Manager Lupe De Leon confirmed that Etta James died Thursday night in hospital in Riverside, California.
The singer also suffered from hepatitis C and dementia. She was hospitalized in January 2010 to treat a MRSA infection. At that time it was revealed that the singer had Alzheimer's Disease. Her last year of life was plagued by illness. In December her manager De Leon said that she was in the final stages of leukemia.
Etta James is survived by her husband Artis Mills and two sons, Donto and Sametto.
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