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Etta James released from hospital; recovering at Riverside home

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.

January 6, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Etta James left the hospital and returned to her Riverside County home on Thursday, according to her manager.

Lupe De Leon says James was released Thursday afternoon, just a few days after the terminally ill singer's condition improved enough for her to be removed from a breathing machine.

The "At Last" singer is battling leukemia and had been hospitalized since before Christmas with breathing problems. She is also suffering from dementia, and has been receiving mostly at-home care.

The 73-year-old is with her husband and other family members, the manager said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.