Etta James

Legendary blues singer Etta James has been hospitalized with a severe -- and potentially fatal -- blood infection.

Etta James

Blues singer Etta James, whose love song At Last has serenaded millions of happy brides and grooms during their first dance, has been hospitalized for a potentially fatal blood infection.

The singer's son Sametto James said his mother was admitted to an unnamed hospital in Southern California to treat sepsis caused by a urinary tract infection.

The 73-year-old James also suffers from a host of other health problems, including dementia, leukemia and kidney issues.

"It was a really bad infection," Sametto told news sources. "Right now she's doing a lot better."

At Last, made famous decades ago by James, was sung by Beyonce for President and Mrs. Obama at the main Inauguration Ball -- making Beyonce the subject of a temperamental James' wrath.

"The great Beyonce," she said, "She has no business up there, singing up there on a big, ol' president day, gonna be singing my song that I've been singing forever. She's going to get her ass whipped. I can't stand Beyonce."

We're sure even Beyonce, who actually played James in Cadillac Records, wishes Etta James a speedy recovery.

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Comments on "Legendary singer Etta James hospitalized with blood infection"

Barbara May 17, 2011 | 12:51 PM

I have been a true fan of Etta James for many,many years. She is absolutely my very favorite all time singer. I just love her style and her voice and her true, God given talent. She is the very best. What she has, no one, absolutely no one can match. God Bless her.

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