Etta James in hospital

The singer suffered complications during abdominal surgery

Etta James is in a stable condition after suffering complications during abdominal surgery in Los Angeles.

The singer has been in hospital since the operation in mid-June.

James was due to tour with BB King and Al Green this summer, but will not be able to make any dates before late August.

Her manager told BBC News: “If it had been left solely up to her, she would have checked herself out of hospital and started the tour regardless…However, he doctor advised that were she to do so, it would put her at very great risk.”

Her slot on the tour is being filled by R&B singer Chaka Khan until further notice.