James Hospitalized

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December 25, 2011 | 1:00pm EST

R&B legend Etta James has been hospitalized in Riverside, California after suffering breathing problems.
The terminally ill singer, who is battling leukemia, spent Christmas in hospital and her longtime manager Lupe De Leon admits the 73 year old is “in pretty bad shape”.

Members of her family were hoping doctors could revive her from her sedation on Sunday, so they could briefly celebrate Christmas with her in her hospital room.

Last week, a judge set aside $350,000 (GBP218,750) for the At Last singer’s ongoing medical treatment and ruled James’ husband Artis Mills would remain the conservator of her estate following a legal challenge from her son, Donto James.

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