Etta James Has Leukemia, Dementia Singer's condition comes out during court case By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jan 14, 2011 9:22 AM CST 3 comments Comments This Nov. 24, 2008 file photo shows Etta James arriving at the premiere of "Cadillac Records" in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) (Newser) – Legendary singer Etta James is suffering from dementia and leukemia, court documents show. The 72-year-old’s illnesses came to light during a civil case involving her husband, who wants control of more than $1 million of her money, and her son, who wants the money to be overseen by a third party. A doctor said James needs help to eat and dress, and can no longer sign her name. She suffered a urinary tract infection, then sepsis, early last year and hasn’t been on stage since, the Press-Enterprise reports. Click for more on her condition and the court case.