James Brown Dies On Christmas Day

James Brown, the legendary "Godfather of Soul", died at approximately 1:45 AM early on Christmas morning.

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James Brown, the undeniable "Godfather of Soul," told friends from his hospital bed that he was looking forward to performing on New Year's Eve, even though he was ill with pneumonia. His heart gave out a few hours later, on Christmas morning. The pompadoured dynamo whose classic singles include "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)" died Monday of heart failure, said his agent, Frank Copsidas of Intrigue Music. He was 73.

"People already know his history, but I would like for them to know he was a man who preached love from the stage," said friend Charles Bobbit, who was with Brown at the hospital. "His thing was 'I never saw a person that I didn't love.' He was a true humanitarian who loved his country."

The entertainer with the rough-edged voice and flashy footwork also had diabetes and prostate cancer that was in remission, Bobbit said. Brown initially seemed fine at the hospital, Copsidas said. Three days before his death, he had participated in his annual toy giveaway in Augusta, and he was looking forward to his New Year's Eve show.

"Last night, he said 'I'm going to be there. I'm the hardest working man in show business,'" Copsidas said Monday. He said Brown planned to perform during a two-week tour in Canada after hitting Times Square.

Brown was himself to the end, at one point saying, "I'm going away tonight," Bobbit said at a news conference later Monday. "I didn't want to believe him," he said.

A short time later, Brown sighed quietly three times, closed his eyes and died, Bobbit said.

One of the major musical influences of the past 50 years, Brown was to rhythm and dance music what Bob Dylan was to lyrics. From Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson, David Bowie to Public Enemy, his rapid-footed dancing, hard-charging beats and heartfelt yet often unintelligible vocals changed the musical landscape.

He was one of the first artists inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and other founding fathers.

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    R.I.P... anyone who truly loves/appreciates music will mourn the loss of yet another legend. but on a lighter note, at least he died of natural causes and wasnt taken before his time by a plane crash, bus wreck, suicide, drug o.d, or a disturbed individual with a gun.
    one of the real legends of music. His life has helped alot of people and it still will help millions! James the world will be missing you.
    I personally am a metal fan, always have been a metal fan, always will be a metal fan. But i and all others cannot deny the great things this man did. A loss for funk, a loss for music, a loss for humanity, a big gain to she skies above. One Day We'll All join him and all the legends once again. R.I.P
    Nooooo At least he's jamming with Jimi now R.I.P. you sex machine.
    Damn... Wish I could have seen more of his show a few months back (I got trapped in another pit, only got to see one song, Sex Machine) RIP Soulful one!
    never heard any of his music, but i did see him in undercover brother... he was amazing. R.I.P.
    Yeah, I knew. This really sucks. R.I.P you legend.
    LOL James Brown was the man! Im pretty sure is he was in jail one time and they found 1000's of $ in his cell LOL
    gmangerard wrote: just another complaining how bad he got it. " Black man in our country" commit the crime do the time and stop complaining cuz u had it all on a silver platter. Only liberal asses have the bleeding heart for that rascist pig
    Leave UG now. If you have no respect for a legend, you shouldn't even be here. A bit of me died when I read this article...
    its sad that all the drug arrests and issues in his life over shadowed what he has done for music. thank him for perfecting the live stage performance. many artists wish they could have such accuracy on stage as he did (back in the day at least)
    this ruined christmas for millions of people R.I.P one of the greatest if not the greatest
    wow i didnt know he was still alive... R.I.P. James Brown Even with illness he still felt good.and nice. like sugar and spice.
    man, my uncle was a HUGE james brown fan, and i told him about it, and he would hardly believe me.
    It's more people like him we need, but we keep losing =( RIP, you'll be missed.
    Wow, thats crazy. I just saw him perform on T.V. not too long ago. RIP
    Sound Mind wrote: R.I.P. collab in heaven with hendrix? That would be freakin awesome.
    Jimi used play rhythm for James in the early 50s. RIP
    The_0thersid3 wrote: every black dude owes that man total respect its thanks to him that the racial discrimination is rare. we love you james no matter how old you where you were always our sex machine who made us feel good and made us feel black and proud.
    umm actully that was dr king who every coloured person owes respect too. RiP
    i wasnt the biggest james brown fan...but i have respect for music and the people who make it. he...despite what some other people may think, was one of the most talented people in music. i love metal...its my music that i love. but think about it....james brown influenced so many people...then those people influenced other people...and those people influenced others...its all got to start somewhere...and music doesnt care who u are...poor, white, black, rich, blind...it just cares that u love it and u love to make it. i believe that we all need to respect this man...even if u dont listen to his kinda of music...u never know who may have influened ur musical heroes. so i say raise a glass to mr. james brown..to forever remeber the man..that feels good!
    Damn it! he's the whole reaon I wanted to join a gospel church like on blues brothers! Collaberating with Hendrix, the only way to get tickets is to die. bummer
    rest in peace you dust smoking, wife beating, shotgun toting maniac. there will be no other like you
    R+I+P His music was some of the first, if not the first, I remember hearing. He was a true icon for funk music.
    solitudes stevo
    A musical legend. no ones cooler then james brown was. R.I.P Gorfather of soul. he'll be jamming with hendrix and freddie mercury now
    James Brown has always been one of the largest influences on me. One of the greatest artists around. The man invented funk, and damnit, it always sucks when you mention James Brown, and the only thing people can think of is "I feel good!" or "Livin' in America!" James Brown was one talented mother, and his impact on music is proof.
    Even with illness he still felt good.and nice. like sugar and spice.
    hehe.... RIP, ill def be lookin into his stuff, the most i no about him is "i feel good" and the impressions eddie murphy did of him on delirious hehe
    People die, and we all miss them, but at least we can always listen to his music, and watch videos about him having the time of his life. He's done more than what most people can only imagne. But heros like James Brown will never truly die, they're always in our hearts and in our minds as we hear the sound of their music and voices. With much love, from everyone in the world, We all will miss you and never forget what you've done. Matt