James was hospitalized in January 2010 to treat an infection caused by MRSA, a bacterium that is resistant to antibiotic treatment. During her hospitalization, her son Donto revealed that James had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008, and attributed her previous comments about Beyoncé Knowles to “drug induced dementia”.
She was diagnosed with leukemia in early 2011. The illness became terminal and she died on January 20, 2012, just five days before her 74th birthday, at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California. The funeral, presided by Reverend Al Sharpton, took place in Gardena, California on January 28, 2012.
Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Al Sharpton and others saluted the late Etta James at her funeral service yesterday in California. Check out this video of Christina getting a standing ovation for her “At Last” rendition…
Much Love & Respect. Rest In Peace Etta James.
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