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James Brown's 5-Year-Old Son Shut Out of Will

1/12/2007 3:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tomi Rae Hynie and sonPapa may have a brand new resting place, but James Brown's youngest son and his last partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, won't be getting any of the Godfather of Soul's money.

According to Brown's attorney, Strom Thurmond Jr., five-year-old James Jr. is not listed as one of Brown's six children in his will, which was read in Aiken, S.C. today. And his mother, Hynie, once a backup singer for Brown, was also disinherited. Another Brown attorney says that the will has been read, but not yet filed in probate court.

Shortly after Brown's death on Christmas Day at age 73, Hynie returned to the Atlanta home she said she shared with Brown -- only to find herself unceremoniously locked out. A lawyer for the late music legend said that Hynie and Brown weren't legally married. Hynie's attorney, Thornton Morris, says that his client has no idea when the will was executed.


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His home is in Beech Island, South Carolina - across the river from Augusta, Georgia - not Atlanta. Despite the name, Beech Island is NOT an island. It is a small community on the Savannah River. Few in the media have done their research on this.

2811 days ago


I just lost a lot of respect for that old man. You take care of your family---and he did not. He had the means and he neglected them.

2811 days ago


real nice person this mr.brown was.poor little kid

2811 days ago


If he didn't want to give his last partner anythine fine, but what about your own flesh & blood? I'm glad it's taking a long time to get a proper burial, after this he doesn't deserve one.

2811 days ago


thats bullshit!
poor kid! she should fight that! she and that little boy deserve something!

2811 days ago


once was not an Atlanta home. It was Beech Island, SC right outside of Augusta, GA....come on guys!

2811 days ago


I can see him not leaving anything to the wife.. But the kid.. Thats pretty sad...

2811 days ago


I also have lost respect for a man who would leave his child out in the cold, regardless of his relationship with the mother. I hope his other children will do the right thing and make sure the child is taken care of financially.

2811 days ago


that poor kid and mother , I have nothing nice to say about this ,you always should take care of your kids.

2811 days ago


What a friggin loser bitch he is...too bad your dead now...assh@le. NOT.

2811 days ago

Ricky Ticky Tock    

That is F***ED UP! James Brown was one of my favorite entertainers of all time. That's really too bad. His son is adorable and looks just like him. Oh well.

2811 days ago


That's horrible. I agree with Vee. I've lost respect for James Brown. A great performer, but it's a shame what he's done to his own son.

2811 days ago

Mad Balls    

Hynie ? Da girls name is ASSE . Ug mo Buck wylde face but dat body is kickin' ...damn . Punk ass lawywers probs on the fake will . Plenty O' time to fake it or destroy da' new one . Remember James got shafted out da money mucho times in his career . Notin' new . Can't waity to kick back mit da honey a forty and WWE . Yeah baby !

2811 days ago


Yeah, but he made really good music so don't judge him! Give me a break. This guy is a piece of crap.

2811 days ago


First I should say that I am mad at James Brown for not immediately including his son in his wil, when the boy was born. Secondly...wether she is his wife or not should not matter...they lived together for the last 5 years or so she is intitled to get in and at least get her stuff. Although James himself goes down in the Ike Turner files for slapping her around a couple years ago...his son doesn't deserve to live with nothing! Shame on his other children for not stepping up to say that they will not see their sibling with out.

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