Legendary funk singer James Brown died on Christmas Day in 2006 of what was officially deemed congestive heart failure stemming from complications of pneumonia — but the findings of a major CNN investigation have raised some significant questions this week.
Among the many questions raised in the investigation is a pretty big one: Why was there no official autopsy done on Brown’s body?
Was the Godfather of Soul murdered? Twelve years after James Brown's death, nearly a dozen people who knew him are calling for an autopsy or a criminal investigation https://t.co/auPhtawW1X pic.twitter.com/dwIyynrUW2
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 5, 2019
In addition to suspicions regarding Brown’s body and what happened leading up to his death, the investigation also concerns his wife, Adrienne Brown, who officially died in 1996 of an accidental overdose of painkillers, and whether she, too, was murdered.
“There are legitimate questions about James Brown’s death that can only be answered by an autopsy and a criminal investigation,” CNN’s Thomas Lake writes in the article. “And there is a disturbing pattern of similarities between Adrienne Brown’s death and James Brown’s death 11 years later.”
It’s really quite a provocative and exhaustively researched and detailed story, so if you have plenty of time to dive in and are interested in reading more about this story, do so at this link.