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Goo Father?

12/28/2006 6:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

James Brown was laid out at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater today.

With Al Sharpton standing at the side of his gold coffin, thousands of fans paid their respects to the "Godfather of Soul."

The body will be taken to Georgia tonight for a second viewing and funeral. Brown died on Christmas morning of heart failure at age 73.

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61.

KC    

Come on you jerks....its GOD father....and I don't see any of you going in Al Sharpton's place to pay any respects to this icon. Shut up and get a life!
Happy New Year!

2793 days ago
62.

CallMeMsVegas    

TMZ has sunken to the level of PerezHilton, shame shame shame.

2793 days ago
63.

Mary Beth    

TMZ... I swear y'all are racists.. Come on, this is something serious and for y'all to play around with it.. Just sad. IF YOU WANT MORE PEOPLE TO COME TO THE SITE stop being so racists *Mary Beth

2793 days ago
64.

Jennifer    

Talk about slowwwwwwwwwwwwwww news day!!!! Show some Respect!

2793 days ago
65.

stacey    

WHY WHEN SOMEONE DIES DOES EVERYONE MAKE HIM/HER INTO SOMEKIND OF SAINT? ISN'T JAMES BROWN THE SAME CRAZY HAIR LUNATIC WE SAW IN THE MUGSHOT ALL OVER THE NEWS ABOUT A YEAR AGO FOR SPOUSAL ABUSE AND COCAINE POSSESION? Isn't it like the THIRD TIME he has done this, beat up his wives, he's had 3 or 4 hasn't he? Do you think he was a great Dad? A great Husband? A great Grandpa? A great example to youths of today? So he could SING??? and DANCE??? The man WAS A DIRTBAG!
JUST KEEPIN IN REAL, GOO FATHER INDEED!

2792 days ago
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Tommie    

TO #53-RICK

YOU'RE THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN, STAY OFF OF OUR WEBSITE. I'M NOT ON YOUR WEBSITE AT WWW.KKK.COM. MAYBE YOU WILL SEE THAT YOU TYPED IN THE WRONG WEB ADDRESS IF YOU TAKE THAT HOOD OFF YOUR HEAD.

2792 days ago
67.

stacey    

VIS- ARE YOU SERIOS! YOU ARE COMPARING THIS?
17. Isin't it ironic that whenever a US president dies, we also have a great Afican American die duing the same time. ex Ronald Regan-Ray Charles,
Ford-James Brown
OKAY, I CAN SEE THE "R. CHARLES/R. REAGAN" CONNECTION, BOTH PERFORMERS, BOTH HUGELY POPULAR, AFTER CHARLES STOPPED DOPING, HE TOO WAS A FINE HUMAN BEING AND IN HIS LATER YEARS, AS DID REAGAN, THEY FOUND A NEWBORN SUCESS, CHARLES AS A SUCCESSFUL SOLO ARTIST, AND of course (hard to read caps) Ronal Reagan as The PRESIDENT OF THE US!!! But what the HELL DO GERALD FORD AND JAMES BROWN HAVE IN COMMON/POPULARITY?

2792 days ago
68.

Candice    

#10 Donny Osmond..wtf...Are u crazy

2792 days ago
69.

No Really..    

Honestly, TMZ should moderate their comments. Everytime I come here and see ANY article about ANY black person there are atleast 10 racial slurs from some ignorant person. Makes me care-less to come here anymore. And to the people making a racial slur, go get laid.

2792 days ago
70.

Amy Hornek    

Seriously, that headline is just inappropriate.

2792 days ago
71.

Amber    

I agree with the others. You making fun of the sign was tasteless and uncalled for. You should be ashamed of yourselves!

2792 days ago
72.

Mouse    

Sharpton looks like a bouncer working the door.

2792 days ago
73.

TeeeeeeeTeeeeeee    

...yeah, and? seriously though-that remark Al Sharpton made at the funeral regarding James Brown's "companion" was catty and uncalled for, and to 'glance' in her direction and make those tasteless remarks right in front of their five year old son was totally uncalled for! His hair is so busted-could never compare with the "Goo" father's!!!

2791 days ago
74.

Sirret    

May the man R.I.P. ...Why does any Al Sharpton sighting/appearance referred to a PR stunt? Good grief...get over your selves. James Brown & Sharpton had been close friends for over 30 friggin years! Did anyone watch the memorial service or any of the praise service at the funeral? So the man had a drug problem that he overcame. Yes it's cowardly disgusting to beat up a woman. There are moments/chapters in all our lives we'd love to forget, even some of the a**holes you see on here posting remarks. Like any of you are the epitomy of morality....Jesus gimme a break. Yeah, the flower arrangement at that angle looks like GOO. Ha ha. And? Slow news day indeed. The death toll for our troops in Iraq is over 3,000 now. TMZ is not at fault for anything. They report...you decide. How some bloggers reply is rather disheartening with the n****r comments, KKK garbage, how 8th grade is that nonsense? Stop trying to minimize the guy's life to blurbs about him hitting someone or going to jail. Sure he met some you pricks there undoubtedly. And just because you weren't a fan or appreciate his music doesn't take away from his entertainment value. Only Elvis Presley had more songs on the charts, speaking of drug abusers...I'd like to wish Michael Richards and Mel Gibson a Happy New Year. I wonder if Sadaam is resting in peace?

2791 days ago
75.

John    

RIP to a great legend. And yes, from a distance, it could be construed that the "D" could be viewed as an "O" but considering that EVERYONE knows what it does say, and when you have a slow news day, this is what you get. As far as the haters, its sad that name calling is what you have to resort to. I'm sure if that was Tommy Lee, Tom Sizemore, Axl Rose, or Alec Baldwin, laying in that casket, all of which have been accused and/or CONVICTED of women abuse, these comments would be kept silent. Point is, everyone has flaws, and James Brown was no different. His contribution to music was great and will FOREVER be that way. He will be remembered fondly by MILLIONS long after anyone on this board remains on this earth. There's no amount of haters that can EVER change that. RIP to a great legend.

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