*Legendary R&B singer Etta James has announced her decision to retire following the release of her new album next week.
The 73-year-old has been in and out of the hospital in recent months undergoing treatment for leukemia, and she 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. James was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009.
She has been out of the spotlight for a number of years and she’s now set to mark the end of her 50-year career by releasing her final studio album, “The Dreamer,” on Oct. 25.
The Grammy Award-winner will then call it quits and concentrate on her health.
“I wish to thank all my fans who have shown me love and support over all these years. I love you all,” she said in a statement.