Famed R&B/Blues/Jazz singer Etta James, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member whose biggest hit was At Last, now suffers from advanced dementia (likely Alzheimer’s disease) and leukemia. According to her doctor, she can’t sign her own name and needs help even with basic life functions like eating, dressing and hygiene. Etta is only 72 years old.
To make matters worse, her mental incapacity has sparked a family squabble that has led to a lawsuit. Her husband of 41 years, Artis Mills, filed a court proceeding to take control of about one million dollars of bank accounts in Etta’s sole name. Mills says he needs to money to pay for her care and keep her at home, rather than in a nursing home. In most states, this would be done through a conservatorship proceeding (called “guardianship of the estate” in some states).
Since California is a community-property state, and because Mills is the spouse, his lawyer instead opted to file a separate lawsuit which asks for Etta’s money