Bombshell CNN Report Investigates James Brown's Possible Murder
The investigation spans two years, 140 interviews, and a dozen of Brown's associates who suspect foul play in his 2006 death.
An extensive and potentially damning report from CNN is questioning the circumstances revolving around James Brown's death in 2006. Over two years, a journalist conducted 140 interviews of Brown's closest acquaintances in an attempt to debunk the original report of Brown dying due to congestive heart failure linked to a case of pneumonia.
The report commences and centers on Jacquelyn Hollander, a 61-year-old singer in the circus and former member of The Godfather's inner circle, who began collecting evidence against Brown and his crew after she was allegedly raped by him in 1988. Hollander claims she was put on surveillance by Brown's "organization" after filing a defamation suit in 1992 against author Stanley Booth. The report goes on to claim that Brown's third wife, Adrienne Brown, also believed she was being surveilled by Brown after she came forth with allegations of domestic abuse in October 1995.
She told her attorney, Robert Harte, that she feared for her life and died of apparent complications in cosmetic surgery in January of the following year, according to Brown's family. However, a police informant claimed in 1996 that Brown's late wife was murdered by a doctor, bolstered by a confession from the unnamed medical professional in her notes, though he denied the allegation when later contacted by CNN.
The cause of the singer's death is equally shrouded in mystery, as his daughter, Yamma Brown, denied a physician's recommendation for an autopsy in the months following his death. To this day, no one's sure whether Brown's body was actually buried, as his daughters fought over whether the body's final resting place in a paternal testing dispute to determine whether one of them was actually his daughter. In the words of the late Johnny Carson, this is "weird, wild stuff."