Benefits to the public prosecutor’s office to open the James Brown death investigation after a woman comes forward with evidence

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An Atlanta attorney has been considering whether or not to open an investigation into James Brown’s death, after a woman came forward claiming to be another person involved, his spokesman said.

Brown, known as ” the Godfather of Soul, was 73 when he died of heart failure on christmas day 2006 in Atlanta, georgia, in less than two days after he was admitted to the hospital for treatment of a lung infection.

A woman named Jacque Hollander will be contacted Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard’s office to ask for a meeting, claim Brown’s death was caused by another person, according to the public prosecutor’s office’s spokesman, Chris Hopper. Howard met with Holland on Wednesday and accepted a tray of the materials, ” she said, in relation to Brown’s death.


In this July 6, 2005 file photo, James Brown performs on stage during the Live 8 concert at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Howard will have to look at the materials in Dutch and you will have to decide whether to open an investigation, Hopper said.

Along with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and a handful of others, Brown was one of the greatest musical influences of the past 50 years. For at least one generation idolized him, and sometimes openly copied him. His quick feet, dancing inspired Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson, among others. With songs like David Bowie’s “Fame,” Prince’s “Kiss,” George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” and Sly and the Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song” were clearly based on Brown’s rhythms and vocal style.

His hit singles include such classics as “Out of Sight,” “(get up I Feel Like a) Sex Machine”, “I Got you (I Feel Good)” and “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud,” a landmark 1968 statement of racial pride.


He won a Grammy award for lifetime achievement in 1992, as well as the grammy award in 1965 for “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (best R&B recording) and for “Living In America” In 1987 (best R&B vocal performance, male.) He was one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, along with elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and other founding fathers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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