Etta James Hospitalized Singer is 'in pretty bad shape,' says manager By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Dec 23, 2011 9:22 PM CST 6 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) – Etta James' longtime manager says the terminally ill blues singer has been hospitalized after experiencing difficulty breathing. James' family is with her at a Southern California hospital where she was taken Wednesday. The singer is "in pretty bad shape" and is on a breathing apparatus, her manager says, but it remains unknown whether she will be able to be released. James' doctor recently announced that the "At Last" singer has been diagnosed with terminal leukemia.