James Brown is dead.
The Godfather of Soul, The Hardest Working Man
in Show Business.
He was in Atlanta for a dental appointment when he fell
ill, and admitted into the Emory
Crawford Long Hospital with pneumonia. Shortly
before he died, he uttered, "I'm going away tonight," he took three
short breaths, closed his eyes and died. He died of congestive heart failure around 1:45am,
on Christmas Morning, 2006.
He was 73 years old.
Big snaps to findadeath
friends Meg Thompson-Webb and Byron Webb for the legwork here. "Here are a few pics from James
Brown's statue in the plaza.
The pics I did send are of his
mailbox (of course!), the gate itself at the mansion on Douglas
Drive, Beech Island, SC. The sign James
Brown Boulevard is at the gate itself, and is the driveway, though
not "officially" that. The real street with that name is in
Augusta. Of course, we had to have our picture with his guards, who
talked to us for over an hour, telling us all kinds of dirt.
that's inside the gate is the one he was in during his infamous shootout
here in Augusta, that he served time for. It had been sold years ago, and
recently the dealer who got it, gave it back to James. For some reason,
they thought it was cool to leave it at the gate. The guard said the
"man" framed James in that truck. Very interesting
conversations that day." Thanks so much, you guys.
His casket left a Georgia funeral parlor
Wednesday, for an all-night drive to New York. It arrived at Sharpton's Harlem
headquarters just before noon Thursday, and was quickly transferred to the
carriage for a 20-block procession to the theater.
Findadeath friend Barry mentions, "Al Sharpton accompanied the body from
Georgia, and walked behind the carriage Thursday. He stood at Brown's
side for hours during the viewing".
"How could someone with such energy
and life really ever be gone?" said Sharpton, a close friend of the
Godfather of Soul for three decades. "James wasn't just No. 1,"
Sharpton said, "he changed the beat of music all over the world."
from Findadeath friend Joab: I'm writing to see if you noticed that
James Brown's body changed suits somewhere between the Apollo Theater and the
James Brown Arena. The picture you have posted shows a white/cream
colored shirt and the shirt at the Arena is definitely red. The suit is
also obviously different.
His will is a mess. He didn't
list his last wife or child, his widow named in the will is the one that died
back in 96 in a botched cosmetic surgery thingy.
Findadeath Fanya from Greece sent me
these photographs of the memorial
booklet for James' funeral.
Thanks so much, Fanya!
Michael Jackson made an appearance -
link to an article with pictures (appropriately written by Doug Gross
As of this date, January 18, 2007 -
James Brown remains unburied, in his gold
casket, in one of his many fine suits. He is in a temperature
controlled room, until a decision can be made regarding where he will be
Findadeath friend Kc sent this link
with oodles of funeral
pictures and his Death Certificate. Thanks Kc, you're the best!
These photographs sent
in by Findadeath
friends Brandon, and Doug in Dearborn. Thanks guys!