*Etta James’ son is dismissing reports that the ailing R&B legend has died.
The 73-year-old has been in and out of the hospital in recent months undergoing treatment for leukemia and was admitted to a California medical center in May after she was diagnosed with a potentially deadly sepsis problem, caused by a urinary tract infection.
A fake website made to look like Tmz.com surfaced late on Wednesday and reported the music icon had passed away. The bogus news quickly spread across the internet and Twitter.
But James’ son Donto shot down the false reports this morning, telling the Los Angeles Times, “She’s fine. I just saw her last night and she was fine.”
James, who was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, has been out of the spotlight for a number of years and is currently being cared for at her home in Riverside, California.