The death of James Brown is reportedly being re-examined by an Atlanta prosecutor, after the district attorney received credible allegations of foul play in the singer’s death.
Brown died in an Atlanta hospital on December 25th, 2006 at the age of 73 and his death certificate attributed his passing to a heart attack and fluid in his lungs. Last week, however, CNN reported that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said that he would conduct interviews with witnesses and gather evidence before deciding whether or not to officially reopen the case.
This decision to look at Brown’s death once more after over 13 years came as a result of Jacque Hollander, a singer who had worked with Brown and alleged to both CNN and the DA that Brown’s death was the result of foul play.
In addition to her claims, Hollander also supplied the Fulton County DA’s office with a green plastic storage bin that she said contained evidence as to the actual cause of Brown’s death. These allegations aren’t new, however, as Hollander made international headlines in 2017 when CNN published a three-part series investigating the death of James Brown and his wife Adrienne, who died in 1996 in California while recovering from plastic surgery. Police in Beverly Hills have declined to reopen her case.
Even after the worldwide publicity that Hollander and CNN created in 2017 around Brown’s death, there was still no official word from Fulton County or Howard. Hollander said she called the DA’s office repeatedly in the years since, trying to set up an interview with Howard. It wasn’t until CNN called the prosecutor’s spokesman in January that Howard said he was willing to meet with Hollander.
Hollander and Howard met for an interview last week, where she laid out her claims, produced a list of other possible witnesses, and handed over evidence. Howard stated that his team would examine Hollander’s claims and the evidence she provided, and decide in the coming months whether or not to reopen the case into Brown’s death.