Papa

A look at the complicated afterlife of James Brown, and the battle over his estate among children he did, and did not, acknowledge:

“Yet Mr. Brown was not wholly unprepared to die, either. Several years earlier, in August 2000, he’d drawn up a will in which he bequeathed his ‘personal and household effects’—his linens and china and such—to six adult children from two ex-wives and two other women. He was very clear, too, that those were the only heirs he intended to favor. ‘I have intentionally failed to provide for any other relatives or other persons,’ he wrote in the will. ‘Such failure is intentional and not occasioned by accident or mistake.'”

Author: Sean Flynn
Source: GQ
Published: Apr 1, 2009
Length: 48 minutes (12,205 words)
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