R&B great Etta James is gravely ill and now her husband of 41 years has logged a request in a California court to control more than $1 million of her money.
According to court documents, James, Best known for her classic 1961 hit “At Last,” has been diagnosed with dementia and is undergoing treatment for leukemia.
Beverly Hills Dr. Elaine James, who isn’t related, says in court documents that the 72-year-old singer cannot sign her name and she needs help with feeding, dressing and hygiene.
The AP reports that there will be a hearing today (Jan 14.), to consider a bid by husband Artis Mills to control her finances.
Currently her sons Donto James and Sametto James, and Donto’s wife Christy hold power of attorney, after James handed it over in Feb. 2008. Mills is challenging the power of attorney.