JAMES Brown’s 2006 death is being examined after a woman claimed she has evidence that the soul legend was murdered.
Atlanta prosecutor Paul Howard Jr. told CNN on Thursday, his investigators would conduct interviews and weigh potential evidence before deciding whether to launch a full-scale death investigation.
Brown died aged 73 at a hospital in Atlanta on December 25, 2006.
His death certificate blamed a heart attack and fluid in the lungs.
The doctor who signed that certificate, Marvin Crawford, previously said in a 2017 interview with CNN that he’d always wondered what brought on those events—and whether Brown’s sudden death had been caused by a toxic substance.
“He changed too fast,” Crawford said. “He was a patient I would never have predicted would have coded. But he died that night, and I did raise that question: What went wrong in that room?”
CNN had previously published an investigative series that raised questions about the circumstances surrounding Brown’s death.
Thirteen people wanted either an autopsy or a criminal investigation including Brown’s manager, his son Daryl, his last wife, a man who claimed to have taken a vial of Brown’s blood from the hospital and Jacque Hollander, the circus singer who first called CNN in 2017 to allege that Brown had been murdered.
Hollander was the woman who met with the district attorney on Wednesday.
She gave him a list of other possible witnesses, and handed over a stack of printed text messages.
She also handed over a green plastic storage bin that she said was filled with evidence.
CNN says that she first called them three years ago with the claim that both James Brown and his third wife, Adrienne, had been murdered.
Adrienne Brown died January 6, 1996, in California while recovering from plastic surgery. Beverly Hills Police declined to open an investigation into her death.
In text messages downloaded from Hollander’s iPhone, interviews with more than 140 people and tens of thousands of pages of police and court documents, CNN say that they found many reasons to question whether James or Adrienne Brown died of natural causes.
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