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Etta James hospitalized, on breathing machine

Recording Artist Etta James performs at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 26, 2009, in New Orleans. Getty

(CBS) Singer Etta James, who is terminally ill with chronic leukemia, has reportedly been hospitalized in California and placed on a breathing machine.

The 73-year-old's longtime manager, Lupe De-Leon, told Reuters that she was taken from her home in Riverside to a nearby hospital earlier this week, because she was having trouble breathing.

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"They took her to the hospital. She was having trouble breathing, so they intubated her. She is on a breathing machine and is resting," De-Leon said on Friday.

The "At Last" singer suffers from leukemia, kidney disease and dementia, but had previously been cared for at her home, according to Reuters. Her live-in doctor said last week that James is now terminally ill.

On Monday, James' husband and sons reached a deal on managing the three-time Grammy winner's estate and medical care, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The singer's sons, Donto and Sametto, had challenged the decisions of their stepfather Artis Mills, who married James in 1969 and is the estate's conservator. The current agreement keeps Mills in place as conservator.

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