Etta James ‘breathing on her own’ again

Singer is taken off breathing machine and could be released from intensive care

Etta James has been taken off a breathing machine and could soon be released from an intensive care unit, according to reports.

The73-year-old soul singer’s agent, Lupe De-Leon, has confirmed that she is “breathing on her own” but remains in a hospital in California, according to the Daily Mail.

James, who is terminally ill with leukaemia and was placed on a respiratory machine last month (December 24), but De-Leon said:

The hospital is preparing Etta for release from ICU to a step down unit. She is stable and breathing on her own. Her blood pressure is normal.


However, the singer’s son Donto James told CNN that he did not want his mother to be released from hospital despite the apparent improvement in her condition, stating: “She’s all right. My brother and I would like to see her stay in the hospital a little longer until she gets more stable. Our main concern is for her to be taken care of right.”

James, who is best known for her recordings of songs such as ‘At Last’ and ‘Tell Mama’, has been receiving 24-hour care from her live-in doctor Elaine James since her diagnosis. The singer’s doctor has revealed that her patient is currently communicating with nods and simple words.

The singer has been in poor health for the past few years, also suffering from dementia and kidney failure.

Etta James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and is the recipient of 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.