Etta James is undergoing treatment for leukaemia and has been diagnosed with dementia.
The 72 year-old singer, best known for her 1961 hit ‘At Last’, was still performing live right up until 2010.
Details of James‘s conditions were revealed after her husband Artis Mills asked a California court to allow him to take control of more than $1 million (£630,000) of her money, reports the Associated Press.
In Mills‘ submission to the court, he has indicated that James can no longer sign her own name and needs help eating, dressing and with ablutions. His request will be heard in court today (January 14).
James has won four Grammy awards and 17 Blues Music awards in her career of over 40 years.