Etta James Released From Hospital

Terminally ill singer is now resting at home

January 6, 2012 9:15 AM ET
Etta James
Etta James performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
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Terminally ill soul singer Etta James was released from a California hospital yesterday and is now resting at her home in Riverside, California. James, who is suffering from leukemia, kidney disease and dementia, spent much of the past month in the hospital after struggling to breathe on her own. She was previously hospitalized in May with a blood infection. According to James' business manager, Lupe De Leon, the singer can only communicate with nods and simple words.

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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