Etta James facing ‘big health battle’ in hospital

Singer being treated for various ailments

Etta James is in hospital having endured a “big battle” with various ailments.

The blues singer, 72, has been in the Riverside Community Hospital in Southern California, reports Reuters.

She is suffering from a bloodstream infection and speech difficulties among other ailments, her son, Donto James, explained.

“She’s been in a pretty big battle,” Donto said of his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

The singer was recently treated for painkiller addiction before being moved to a nursing facility, then to the hospital. She is set to be discharged from hospital soon, Donot added.

Last year James was quoted as having a swipe at Beyonce for singing a cover of her song ‘At Last’ for Barack Obama – saying she could have sung it better herself.