Etta James Death Hoax

You can forget about those reports claiming Etta James passed away. The soul legend was the victim of an online hoax.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the singer’s son said his mother was still among the living.

“I just saw her last night and she was fine,” Donto James told the Times.

Where did the faux announcement come from? While the Times attributes somewhat generic “Twitter and Internet reports,” NME was a bit more precise, blaming it on a fake TMZ page.

James, who has been receiving treatments for leukemia, has also been diagnosed with dementia and was recently in the news when a legal battle erupted between her husband and sons regarding her medical care.