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CNN Investigation Raises Questions About James Brown's Death

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An investigation by CNN has raised suspicion regarding the circumstances of James Brown and his third wife Adrienne's deaths.

The detailed three-part investigation series suggests the Browns may not have died of an accidental overdose and foul play may be involved in their deaths.

Brown died on Christmas Day 2006 from a heart attack and fluid in his lungs, but there was never an autopsy on the singer's body.

About 13 people who knew James Brown have asked for an autopsy or a criminal investigation of his death, according to the new CNN investigative series.

Dr. Marvin Crawford, the doctor who signed Brown's death certificate at an Atlanta hospital in 2006, told CNN he doubted Brown had died of natural causes. He suspected that Brown died of an overdose, accidental or otherwise.

"He changed too fast," Crawford said. "He was a patient I would never have predicted would have coded. ... But he died that night, and I did raise that question: What went wrong in that room?"

Based on interviews with nearly 140 people, the three-part series also examines the 1996 death of Adrienne Brown, James Brown's third wife.

In the series, CNN finds evidence that Adrienne feared for her life in the months leading up to her death, and a police informant alleges that the singer's wife was murdered by a doctor.

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