If you need a new music conspiracy theory, try this: James Brown was murdered

This isn’t exactly a new story–it’s been circulating since shortly after James Brown died in hospital on Christmas Day 2006 at the age of 73–but it’s now getting some new (and official) attention.

Behind all this is Jacque Hollander, a former circus singer and songwriter who worked with Brown as part of his inner circle back in the 80s. She also claims to have been good friends with Adrienne Brown, James’ third wife who died in 1996.

On Wednesday (February 12), Hollander brought a big box of alleged evidence to Paul Howard Jr., the DA for Fulton County in Atlanta. She claims:

  • Brown raped her somewhere in the George Woods in 1988 and told her he’d have her and her family killed if she told anyone. (This was the basis of a $100 million lawsuit she filed against Brown in 2005).
  • Adrienne Brown was ordered murdered by her husband in 1996.
  • Brown himself died as the result of poisoning.

Officially, Brown died of a heart attack as a result of his lungs filling with fluid, probably from pneumonia. But stories about murder have always lingered because Brown (it is said) should not have died that night.

Just two days earlier, he’d reported for some dental work. His dentist told him that he didn’t look well and should seek some proper medical attention. He was admitted to hospital–on a regular ward, not in ICU–on December 24, 2006. Less than 24 hours later, he was dead.

Was he poisoned? That’s the leading accusation. And if so, by whom? And why?

Last year, CNN did a special investigation which turned up a request by 13 people to have a new autopsy performed. One of those people was Jacque Hollander.

And get this: Brown’s fourth wife (another signatory to the demand for another autopsy) says that his remains have been removed fourteen times since he died. Wait–what?

Read more at Vibe.com.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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