RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Etta James, the pioneer R&B singer portrayed by Beyoncé in the film Cadillac Records, was hospitalized in Southern California over the weekend with a serious infection, but she should be released soon, according to her son.
Donto James says his 72-year-old mother, perhaps best known for her recording of the standard ballad “At Last,” has been at Riverside Community Hospital for about a week and is recovering from sepsis caused by a urinary tract infection, The Associated Press reports.
Donto says James, who lives in Woodcrest, Calif., entered a treatment program about a month ago to shake a dependency on painkillers and over-the-counter medicine. She was transferred to another facility and then the hospital when her physical condition worsened.
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