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Atlanta DA to Examine New Evidence in James Brown's Death, 14 Years Later

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James Brown photographed on Oct. 4 2004. 

A Fulton County District Attorney office is evaluating new evidence and considering opening a formal investigation into the circumstances surrounding James Brown’s 2006 death.

DA Paul Howard Jr. office confirmed to Billboard that they met with a woman named Jacque Hollander who said she had relevant evidence. Hollander told the DA that she believes Brown died under suspicious circumstances and was possibly murdered. 

At this meeting that took place Wednesday (Feb. 12), Hollander gave the DA information regarding Brown’s death and also handed over a bin containing items she had collected. 

“She came by and provided some information about James Brown's death, and she also turned over to us some items that she had collected over the past over the years,” said DA spokesperson Chris Hopper. “We told her that we would take the information,  take the items, and we would review it. “

According to CNN, Hollander contacted the DA in 2019, but didn’t hear back. CNN intervened, contacting the DA themselves until Howard agreed to meet with Hollander. CNN also asked and was granted permission to film the meeting.

Last year, CNN published an investigative series questioning the circumstances surrounding Brown’s death, who died in 2006 at the age of 73, based in large part by information provided to them by Hollander. Brown’s cause of death was due to a heart attack and fluid in his lungs, according to his death certificate. 

Hopper said the DA said they would also attempt to interview some individuals that she provided names to them to determine whether there are facts to back up Hollander’s assertions regarding Brown’s death. The DA plans to make an evaluation in the next six months whether or not to move forward with any kind of official death investigation, according to Hopper.