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Singer Brown dead

James Brown at a performance in Shanghai, China, in this February 22, 2006 file photo.

James Brown at a performance in Shanghai, China, in this February 22, 2006 file photo.   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: AP



ATLANTA: James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured ``Godfather of Soul,'' whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early on Monday in Atlanta, his agent said. He was 73. Mr. Brown was hospitalised with pneumonia at Emory Crawford Long Hospital on Sunday and died around 1:45 a.m. on Monday, said his agent, Frank Copsidas, of Intrigue Music. Longtime friend Charles Bobbit was by his side, he said. Mr. Copsidas said the cause of death was uncertain. ``We really don't know at this point what he died of,'' he said. Along with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and a handful of others, Mr. Brown was one of the major musical influences of the past 50 years. At least one generation idolised him, and sometimes openly copied him. His rapid-footed dancing inspired Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson among others. AP

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