Etta James update: Judge rules to release funds
In a story that doesn't have much room for purely "good" news, a Riverside County Superior Court judge on Friday ordered the release of $60,000 from Etta James' savings account to tend to the singer's failing health.
James' husband and sons have been engaged in a dispute over James' finances stemming from the singer's decision to grant power of attorney to her son Donto James in 2008, and her husband of 41 years has been attempting to gain control over James' money to defray the costs of her care.
The 72-year-old James is undergoing chemotherapy treatments for a form of leukemia and described by her physician as also suffering from a form of dementia. Here's to hoping this helps ensure the jazz and blues legend receives all the care she needs.
-- Chris Barton
Photo: Etta James onstage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2009. Credit: Skip Bolen / EPA