Though he’s been gone for almost 13 years, I remember when James Brown died because details surrounding his death always seemed sketchy as hell. There were all of these questions about exactly what happened and I believe his widow was this lady with red hair that screamed on television when she discovered she was locked out of his estate. Back then all of these antics were seen as a bit extreme, but by 2019 standards it’s pretty PG. Now there are new developments surrounding James Brown’s death in a new series on CNN that is filled to the brim with endless insanity.
This story is crazier than James Brown’s hair in the 80s, just all over the place and wild as fuck. The series, exclusive to CNN’s website titled Lost in the Woods with James Brown’s Ghost, breaks down a lot of conspiracy theories about what happened on the day he died, many believing he was the victim of foul play. Apparently, right after he passed, the doctor who signed his death certificate, Marvin Crawford, requested an autopsy, to which his daughter Yamma Brown declined. That never sat quite right with Dr. Crawford.
“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?”Officially, the Godfather of Soul died of a heart attack and fluid in the lungs at age 73 in the early hours of Christmas Day 2006. Twelve years later, his manager, his widow, his son, and several friends and associates all tell CNN there are serious questions about Brown’s death that can only be answered by forensic investigators.
In 2017, the retired police detective who investigated Adrienne Brown’s death showed CNN the pages of a notebook that he said a confidential informant had given him in 2001. In those pages, which the detective says he read for the first time after CNN contacted him in 2017, the informant alleges that a doctor confessed to murdering Adrienne Brown with a fatal drug overdose. CNN found and interviewed the doctor, who denied the allegations.
After that incident in 1988, for which Brown was never prosecuted, Hollander began saving evidence relating to him and his associates. She collected numerous boxes of documents and tapes in the course of three decades. CNN examined Hollander’s collection and also found independent corroboration for many of her claims.
Jacque also says she befriended James Brown’s last girlfriend/hairdresser Candice Hurst who told a story about how she and James’ manager Charles Bobbit killed him.
“Hurst was standing with Charles Bobbit in Brown’s hospital room. She was giving Brown some drugs, and the drugs were spilling on the floor and on her shoes, and Brown wasn’t dying quickly enough. And so Bobbit poured some herbs into a glass of water. He gave Brown the water. Brown drank the water, and then he died.”
Candice denied to CNN that she ever said that to Jacque and also denied killing James Brown.
This entire story is worth a read if you have time because it’s long as hell (three parts to be exact). However, it does provide insight into the seedy world of James Brown. And below is Jacque getting a polygraph test from a former FBI agent in 1995. She passed. When Netflix eventually turns this sad, messy story into a series, I say Beverly D’Angelo for Jacque.