Atlanta District Attorney to Look into James Brown's Death for Signs of Foul Play
Last year, CNN published a series that raised questions about Brown’s death.
James Brown‘s death on Christmas Day 2006 led to a memorable dispute amongst his surviving family members. After a shocking CNN investigative series in 2019, his death itself may now officially under investigation.
On Wednesday, Fulton County prosecutor Paul Howard Jr. told CNN he’d be conducting interviews and reviewing evidence pertaining to Brown’s death.
The CNN series featured extensive accounts from Jacque Hollander, a singer who worked with Brown on multiple occasions. She cited text messages, as well as a storage bin filled with evidence. Additionally, Hollander claims Brown’s third wife Adrienne was murdered as well.
Hollander originally attempted to speak with Howard in 2019 but her calls weren’t returned. After CNN asked his spokesperson about her calls, Howard decided to meet with her. Hollander brought a CNN reporter and camera crew along for the interview.
“He was very kind,” Hollander said of the district attorney, “I think he will get the job done.”
Back in 2017, the doctor who signed James Brown’s death certificate, Marvin Crawford, told CNN he’d always wondered about the circumstances surrounding his death. Brown’s cause of death is listed as a heart attack and fluid on the lungs. Crawford believes there may be more to it.
“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?”
Read the full three-part series on CNN.