Blues singer Etta James was hospitalized earlier this week for a blood infection. The 73 year-old legend was admitted to a hospital in Riverside, California for the blood infection sepsis, which also lead to a urinary tract infection. The news comes from her son Sametto James who tells Reuters, “It was a really bad infection; right now she's doing a lot better.”

For years, the soulful artist has struggled with obesity and was forced to undergo gastric bypass surgery in 2003. James also battled with Heroin addiction, going in and out of rehab for years, and most recently admitted to being addicted to pain killers. We could only imagine how past weight issues and addiction affected the singer’s health.

Living a life literally out of a blues song, the artist has struggled with many demons. Yet, her influence in music shouldn't be forgotten. Within her 40 year career she’s won three Grammy’s, and has had major hits like: The Wallflower, Good Rockin’ Daddy, and I’d Rather Go Blind. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Here’s a song from Etta's outstanding career, I’d Rather Go Blind:

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