Bombshell new claims from a raft of James Brown’s friends, family and associates suggest that the Godfather of Soul and his third wife Adrienne were both murdered.
At least 13 people close to the legendary singer have demanded an autopsy on his body, refusing to believe his death at an Atlanta hospital aged 73 in 2006 was due to natural causes.
Brown’s official cause of death was listed as a heart attack and fluid in the lungs. But even the doctor who signed his death certificate doubts that’s what really happened to him.
Dr. Marvin Crawford, who signed Brown’s death certificate, told CNN: ‘He changed too fast. 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?’
Now his widow, children, friends and business associates are pushing for a criminal investigation into his death on Christmas Day 13 years ago.
Following his death one friend, Andre White, was so concerned about suspicious circumstances that he took a vial of the singer’s blood from an IV tube.
But when Brown died, his daughter Yamma declined an autopsy. Her sister, Deanna Brown Thomas, would not confirm where her dad’s remains are kept.
Among the other concerns raised was the official story of Brown’s personal manager Charles Bobbit, who died in 2017 at age 87. He was the only person in the room when Brown died but his story has been described as ‘vague’.
Brown’s manager Frank Copsidas said: ‘The story was always a little vague.’ Andre White added: ‘It didn’t make sense.’ And his friend Fannie Brown Burford said: ‘I knew he was lying right off.’
Daughter LaRhonda Pettit, and son-in-law Darren Lumar, also both alleged that Brown was murdered. They both have since died. Lumar was murdered a year after making the claims in an as-yet unsolved killing.
The CNN investigation has also uncovered friends of his third wife, Adrienne Brown, believe she too was murdered.
Officially, Adrienne died on January 6, 1996, two days after undergoing plastic surgery. But a retired police detective has since come forward with evidence from an informant which alleges she was given a fatal drug overdose.
The doctor named in the allegations denied any knowledge but Adrienne’s close friend Jacque Hollander told the network: ‘There’s no doubt she was murdered.’
In a wide ranging investigation, a number of the allegations stem from Hollander, who accused Brown of raping her in 1988 after the pair worked together. It also details further allegations of Brown’s history of violence against women.
Kay Mixon, an advocate for domestic violence victims in Aiken County, South Carolina, knew Adrienne. She even alleges Brown had something to do with his wife’s death.
She said: ‘And they announced that she had died, over an overdose. And my first thing was, ‘No she didn’t. He killed her.’ I can’t prove it, and I probably shouldn’t say it, but I will take that to my grave. I believe he either did it or he had someone do it.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Lauren Fruen