The godfather of soul, James Brown, died from heart failure Dec. 25, 2006. Brown was 73 years old.
What could be considered even more unfortunate about his death is he has yet to receive a proper burial because his family is arguing over who inherits his fortune.
Buddy Dallas, Brown’s attorney, said Brown’s will has yet to be filed.
As Brown’s attorneys and children worked to settle issues surrounding his estate, Brown’s body was kept in his home on Beech Island in South Carolina. The parties finally decided to bury Brown this Saturday in Augusta, Ga.
In addition to the family being unable to agree on where Brown should be buried and how his fortune should be distributed, Jacque Hollander, Brown’s publicist during the 1980s, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her sexual harassment suit against Brown. Hollander said Brown raped her at gunpoint in 1988. She is seeking $106 million in damages.
The decision on whether to hear the case is pending. A lower court ruled in 2006 that Hollander waited too long to file.
Brown was one of the greatest entertainers the world had to offer. He touched an entire generation with hit songs such as “I’m Black, and I’m Proud” and “This is a Man’s World.”
Brown’s unique vocals and original rhythms made him a founder of rap funk and disco.
He aspired artist such as Michael Jackson and Prince and was admired for his legendary performances.
Regardless of his faults and failures, James Brown will be remembered for his positive contributions to society and the black race.
Although he will never put on his cape again, he will surely be missed by the music industry and his fans.
Brent Hatchett for the Editorial Board.