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Charles Crossley Jr wrote:
Earlier in this thread, it was mentioned that R&RHoF inductee, the great Etta James, battled a blood infection and had Alzheimer's since 2009. Well, now it's been announced that James has a terminal illness, and that she's in the last stages of that illness. The CNN article mentions that James has had leukemia, but it does not say if that is the terminal illness in question.
Jan 1 12 8:33 PM
Etta James is breathing on her own again and has been released from the hospital. She is still battling leukemia, kidney disease and dementia.The article below is from Reuters.****************************************************Singer Etta James breathing on her own again
LOS ANGELES | Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:42pm EST (Reuters) - Soul singer Etta James, who is terminally ill with leukemia, has been taken off a respirator and is breathing on her own again, her friend and manager said on Friday. Lupe De Leon said the "At Last" singer, 73, is soon expected to leave the intensive care unit of a hospital near her home in Riverside, east of Los Angeles.
"The hospital is preparing Etta for release from ICU to a step down unit. She is stable and breathing on her own. Her blood pressure is normal," De Leon said.
James was admitted to the hospital last week because she was struggling to breathe. She has been in failing health for several years and suffers from leukemia, kidney disease and dementia but had previously been cared for at her Southern California home.
Her live-in doctor said earlier in December that James was considered terminally ill, and that she communicates mostly with nods and simple words. The three-time Grammy Award singer earlier battled obesity and was addicted to heroin for many years.
James was a key figure in the early days of R&B music with hit songs like "The Wallflower" and "Good Rockin' Daddy". But it was her 1961 recording of the ballad "At Last" that put her on the map.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy)
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Doesn't it seem that once a person starts getting respiratory infections when they're over 80, they keep on getting them until one of those times it gets them?I hope my perception is wrong. In any case, George Jones is predicted to recover quickly, and will continue to buck his old moniker, "No Show" Jones.Speaking of George Jones, I finished assessing his influence. Get a load of this:George Jones has been cited as an influence, had his songs covered by or sampled by, or has collaborated with the following acts: Bill Monroe, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Grateful Dead, Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy, Gene Vincent, Elvis Costello, ZZ Top, James Taylor, Gene Pitney, Brenda Lee, the Ventures, Waylon Jennings, Wanda Jackson, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Connie Francis, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, Charley Pride, Mickey Gilley, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys, Faron Young, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Roger Miller, Garth Brooks, Johnny Paycheck, Hank Williams, Jr., Earl Thomas Conley, Webb Pierce, Kitty Wells, George Strait, John Anderson, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Barbara Mandrell, Eddie Rabbitt, Randy Travis, Brooks & Dunn, Joe Ely, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Mark Chesnutt, Sara Evans, Gene Watson, Stonewall Jackson, Bobby Bare, Wynn Stewart, Chris Hillman of the Byrds, the Blasters, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Charlie Feathers, Robert Gordon, Gary Stewart, Marty Stuart, Lorrie Morgan, Warren Smith, the Stray Cats, John Hammond, Jr., Jerry Jeff Walker, Clay Walker, Buddy Miller, Shelby Lynne, Aaron Neville, Anne Murray, Bruce Hornsby, John Michael Montgomery, Sammy Kershaw, Blake Shelton, Joe Diffie, Sawyer Brown, Radney Foster, Harry Connick, Jr., Red Sovine, Jack Jones, Josh Turner, Johnny Preston, Chad Brock, Melba Montgomery, Sleepy LaBeef, the Holmes Brothers, Shirley Collie, Kelly Willis, Pat Boone and Billy Ray Cyrus, among many others.I also finished assessing Kris Kristofferson and Charlie Rich, and am working on John Hiatt. The most surprising is Charlie Rich. I mean that, looking through Jones list, you'll find acts of different subgenres, but it's overwhelmingly country. Rich's list, through, although there is a lot of country acts, is far more diverse. I'm guessing Hiatt's list will be even more diverse, but I'm not anywhere near done with it yet.The article below comes from CNN.***************************************************Country singer George Jones hospitalized By the CNN Wire Staff updated 7:36 PM EDT, Thu March 29, 2012
Country music star George Jones has been hospitalized in Nashville for a respiratory infection but is scheduled to be released on Friday, his representatives said. The 80-year-old performer was to stay overnight Thursday for observation, according to a statement on his website. Jones began cutting records in the mid-1950s, turning out genre standards like "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "White Lighting" and "She Thinks I Still Care." He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. He was long legendary for the hard living that he depicted in his songs -- and which earned him the nickname "No-Show" among concertgoers. But Jones' last known serious health problems were in 1999, when he survived a car accident that required rescuers to spend two hours cutting him out of his sport-utility vehicle. He developed pneumonia while in the hospital and was placed back on a ventilator, but recovered soon afterward.
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Robin Gibb in a coma, near death.
Damn, that's sad. I first mentioned his liver cancer in this post earlier in this thread. I wonder why they couldn't have done a liver transplant? Was it already metasticized? Were there no matches available? Was he too weak (he was recovering from surgery for intestinal blockages)? I'm guessing it's the third.Keep a watch for Barry Gibb. He was already devastasted when Maurice Gibb died. Now it seems he's going to lose Robin.Here's the post back when Barry and Robin Gibb went back to recording and performing after Maurice's death. Below is the BBC article of the latest bad turn of health. He has a coma with pneumonia, and it says he was recovering from liver cancer, and at least that piece of news makes me feel better. It doesn't say that he's near death per se, but it implies almost as clearly that the situation is serious.************************************************************14 April 2012 Last updated at 17:51 ET Robin Gibb in coma with pneumonia
Bee Gee Robin Gibb is in a coma after suffering from pneumonia, his official website says.
He has been recovering from cancer in recent months, but was too ill to attend a performance of his new work a few days ago.
"We are all hoping and praying that he will pull through," his website said.
In February, Gibb, 62, said he had been making a "spectacular" recovery from cancer but he was later readmitted to hospital for intestinal surgery.
The message on his homepage added: "Because of this situation, Robin's website is temporarily unavailable. Sorry for any inconvenience."
Gibb's family have been keeping vigil at his bedside at a hospital in Chelsea, west London, the Press Association reports.
The British-born singer had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition, but a tumour was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and later of the liver.
It had been thought his cancer was in remission as early as last month.
On 11 April, Gibb did not attend the London premiere of his first classical work because of the pneumonia, his son said at the time.
The singer had also been due to perform a new song, called Don't Cry Alone, at The Titanic Requiem concert.
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Barry Gibb is relieved and elated, that's what Barry Gibb is going through.Of course, we're not out of the woods yet. No word yet on whether Robin Gibb is currently receiving treatment for the second tumor that they found. But at least he's waken from the coma and is trying to communicate.From Reuters.*********************************************************************Bee Gee Robin Gibb wakes from coma - report
LONDON | Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:08pm BST (Reuters) - Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma more than a week after he lost consciousness and has attempted to communicate with family members at his hospital bedside, the BBC reported on Saturday.
Gibb, 62, has begun to show signs of recovery and has been able to nod and communicate with his family, spokesman Doug Wright was quoted as saying by the BBC. Wright could not immediately be reached to confirm the report.
The singer contracted pneumonia and fell into a coma at a central London hospital earlier this month. He had been receiving treatment for colon and liver cancer.
He founded the Bee Gees with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry in the late 1950s. They have sold an estimated 200 million records during a career spanning more than 50 years.
The group helped to define the disco sound of the 1970s with a string of hits, including "Stayin' Alive", "Night Fever" and "Jive Talkin'". Their distinctive sound was characterised by falsetto vocals, tight harmonies and lush orchestration.
(Reporting by Peter Griffiths; Editing by Michael Roddy)
Apr 22 12 9:33 AM
Robin Gibb has been declared lucid, and he's amazing doctors by how he's getting better and better. No news about the second tumor yet.Here's the latest update from CNN.
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