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- Posted on Dec 16th 2011 2:33PM by Theo Spielberg
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The 73-year-old singer has been suffering from various ailments in recent years. In May, the iconic singer was hospitalized with a urinary tract that led to sepsis. She has sought out treatment for substance abuse several times and, in January 2010, her husband revealed that she was suffering from leukemia and dementia.
Her doctor, Elaine James (no relation), asked that concerned fans pray for the singer in her time of need. "I am Southern and Christian and would just ask for the prayers of her fans and friends," the doctor told the Riverside Press-Enterprise. "They know she's been sick, but not how sick."
James, who was born Jamesetta Hawkins, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, won four Grammys and left an indelible mark on music history.