James, the winner of six Grammy Awards, led a life that mirrored some of the most talented and troubled artists of all time such as Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Gregory Isaacs, Whitney Houston and Johnny Cash.
Yesterday her longtime manager, Lupe De Leon, broke the news to the press. “Etta has a terminal illness. She’s in the final stages of leukemia. She has also been diagnosed with dementia and Hepatitis C. She’s in a home right now and mostly sleeps.”
“She is under the care of a live-in doctor from Riverside Community Hospital and two others who have placed her on oxygen. Her husband is with her 24 hours a day, and her sons visit regularly. We’re all very sad.”