Etta James taken off respirator, now breathing on her own

Grammy-winning blues and soul legend Etta James, famous for her hit 'At Last,' was taken off respiratory assistance but remains hospitalized in California, her agent said Friday...

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LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning blues and soul legend Etta James, famous for her hit “At Last,” was taken off respiratory assistance but remains hospitalized in California, her agent said Friday.

“Ms James has been taken off the respirator and is now breathing on her own. Her blood pressure is normal,” Lupe de Leon told AFP. “We are all happy with this news.”

James, 73, is suffering from leukemia and was hospitalized at a Riverside hospital a week ago. She could stay there several more days.

“She could be back home next week, but we are not sure,” De Leon said.

The publicist previously indicated that James was also battling dementia and Hepatitis C.

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