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14 Years After James Brown's Death, Woman Claims It Was Murder, Not Pneumonia

An American lawyer is examining new evidence in James Brown's death for a possible murder probe.

The  prosecutor in Atlanta will decide whether to open a formal investigation after meeting with a woman who says she has evidence the legendary singer's death was caused by another person, his spokesman said.

Brown, known as the Godfather of Soul, was 73 when he died of heart failure on Christmas Day in 2006 in Atlanta, less than two days after being hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia.

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A woman named Jacque Hollander contacted the office of the Fulton county district attorney, Paul Howard, to request a meeting, claiming Brown’s death was caused by another person, according to the prosecutor’s spokesman, Chris Hopper. Howard met with Hollander on Wednesday and accepted a bin of materials she said was related to Brown’s death.

Howard will look at the materials Hollander brought and will decide whether to open an investigation, Hopper said.