He suspected that Brown died of an overdose, accidental or otherwise. This is the stuff of a TV series in the not-too-distant future: CNN sifts through an extensive web of lies and conspiracy theories, stories of shadowy figures and estate battles, all connected in some way to one of the most famous soul singers of all time. Many of those who knew Brown best have died, or died while CNN was investigating, making the investigative work that much more challenging. Her stories seemed fanciful at first, but CNN discovered that many people, including a District Attorney in Gwinnett County, Georgia, thought Hollander was a reliable witness in general. By then, she was a member of his inner circle, sang onstage with him and helped him raise money for charity causes; they had met when he agreed to record a song celebrating the Atlanta Falcons in
Brown received a visit from a 'male stranger' prior to his sudden death
His voice, dance moves, and attitude entranced millions throughout his life and long after his death. But his death remains confounding to this day. Officially, Brown died of heart failure in the early hours of Dec. He was 73 years old, he had abused cocaine and PCP for most of his life, and his heart finally gave out as a result. Unofficially, though, more than a dozen people who were close to him at one point or another — including the doctor who treated him the night he died — have long suspected there was something more sinister behind his death. First of all, there was never an autopsy. Secondly, rumor has it that a mysterious visitor snuck into his hospital room shortly before he died. Finally, it is not publicly known where his body is today.
Many people believe Brown was murdered
More than a decade later, however, at least a dozen people — including Dr. Marvin Crawford, the physician who signed Brown's death certificate — have come forward to express their doubts in that pronouncement. But he died that night, and I did raise that question: What went wrong in that room? That query was at the center of Lake's two-year-long deep dive into the complex web of suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of both Brown as well as the reported accidental overdose of his ex-wife, Adrienne. First approached by Jacquelyn Hollander, a year-old songwriter, circus singer and one-time Brown collaborator, the journalist claims to have interviewed nearly people — several whom firmly believe Brown was murdered and want a criminal investigation — and also mined thousands of pages of police and court records, as well as 1, pages of text messages. He even sent one of Hollander's possessions to a laboratory for forensic testing.
A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century music and dance, he is often referred to by the honorific nicknames "Godfather of Soul","Mr. Dynamite", and "Soul Brother No. Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. During the late s, Brown moved from a continuum of blues and gospel -based forms and styles to a profoundly " Africanized " approach to music-making, emphasizing stripped-down and interlocking rhythms, that influenced the development of funk music. Brown continued to perform and record until his death from pneumonia in