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OTRC: Etta James' husband to manage ailing singer's estate

Etta James performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans in a Saturday, April 29, 2006 file photo. James was in stable condition Thursday, July 26, 2007, after being hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in los Angeles, Calif., for complications from abdominal surgery she had last month, her manager said. She had to cancel upcoming tour dates with B.B. King and Al Green, her manager said.

Family members of terminally ill singer Etta James reached a deal over the management of her $1 million estate and medical care on Monday, December 19.

According to the Associated Press the "At Last" singer's adult sons Donto and Sametto previously challenged their stepfather Artis Mills' decisions. Mills is the conservator of James' estate.

Donto James asked a Riverside County judge to appoint him temporary conservator, according to the wire service. However Monday's agreement keeps Mills in place as conservator.

At issue was the amount of money available to Mills for the expenses and care of the singer. He wanted $500,000, while the sons wanted it capped at $100,000. The judge set it at $350,000.

Mills and Etta James wed in 1969. Mills served a 10-year prison sentence after accepting responsibility for heroin possession after he and James were caught with the drug. He was released from prison in 1982.

On December 16, it was reported that James has been battling leukemia for several years and her live-in doctor has declared that she is terminally ill and is asking fans to pray for the singer.

James, who is best known for her songs "At Last" and "Tell Mama," has been undergoing treatment for leukemia and was also diagnosed with dementia and kidney failure. She has been in and out of the hospital for the past few years.

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