James Brown Missing Body Story Bogus, Says Family
Much humor ensued in the press ("Brown is now the Gone-father of Soul!"). But Brown family spokeswoman Elif Crawford -- who, when we told her about the claim this morning, seemed surprised -- sent us a statement that says it's nonsense.
"The daughter of James Brown, Deanna Brown Thomas, states, 'The rumors of our dad's body missing is not true and do not know where Ms. Pettit would have received such information; however the Brown family do ask that the media respect our privacy.At an appropriate time his fans and spectators around the world will be able to visit a memorial fit for the 'God-Father of Soul.'"
Pettit was determined by DNA test to be Brown's offspring, but she was not mentioned in his will and has not received an inheritance from the estate, disposition of which has been extremely contentious.