Doctor: Etta James 'Terminally Ill'

Singer suffering from leukemia and dementia

December 16, 2011 2:45 PM ET
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Etta James performs at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
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Etta James, best known for her rendition of the ballad "At Last," is terminally ill, her doctor told TMZ today. He asked fans to pray for the 73-year-old singer, who has been suffering from leukemia and dementia.

James was hospitalized in May with a blood infection. Earlier this year, TMZ reported that her family went to court to battle over who would control the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's fortune and pay her medical bills.

Etta James' career has spanned five decades and influenced numerous artists, including Beyoncé and Adele. She is included in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time for At Last!

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