Etta James Estate Deal – As legendary singer Etta James is dying from chronic leukaemia, dementia and kidney problems, her sons and her husband where trying to settle an issue of who would manages the singers million dollar estate and medical care.
James married Artis Mills in 1969 and he is the stepfather to her sons Donto and Sametto. The two men were challenging the decisions that Mills was making as the estate’s conservator.
Donto was seeking help from a Riverside County judge to reassign him as the conservator of the estate. However an agreement was reached Monday that keeps Mills in place as the conservator, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
The main problem the sons had was the money being requested by Mills for Etta’s care which was $500,000, the two sons wanted it to be no more then $100,000. The judgement handed down in the agreement set the cap at $350,000.
Etta James had her biggest success during the 1950s and 60s as a blues and R&B singer. She was ranked as the “100 Greatest Singers Of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine. The two songs that she’s known for and wrote are “At Last,” and “I’d Rather Go Blind,” which became her biggest hits.