Etta James is released from hospital

Terminally ill soul singer returns home after being released from intensive care

Etta James has been released from hospital after being taken off a breathing machine.

The terminally ill 73-year-old soul singer was allowed to leave a California hospital yesterday (January 5) and is now resting at her home in Riverside, reports the LA Times.

The singer had been in an intensive care unit since late December after experiencing difficulty breathing.


She is battling the final stages of terminal leukemia and also suffers from kidney disease and dementia.

The singer has been in poor health for the past few years. Her doctor recently revealed that her patient is currently communicating with nods and simple words.

Etta James was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993 and has in the past received six Grammy awards.

Raised in Los Angeles, James began singing as a child at church and joined a doo-wop group in her early teens.

Addicted to heroin throughout the ’60s, she got clean in the mid-’70s and became one of the most respected singers in soul and blues. She has released 30 albums.