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Brown's Will -- From Silver to Appliances

1/19/2007 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a copy of James Brown's will, and it reads like the will of a guy who didn't have much -- other than knickknacks.

The will, which begins by noting that Brown is also known as "The Godfather of Soul," leaves his six children "furniture, appliances, furnishings, pictures, silverware, china, glass, books, jewelry, wearing apparel, boats, automobiles, and other vehicles..."

The document, signed in 2000, does not mention how much cold hard cash the estate is worth.

Brown did not include his partner, Tomi Rae Hynie or their 5-year-old child. Hynie is expected to contest the will and could end up inheriting 1/3 of the estate.


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I hope the woman and her 5 year old do get 1/3 or more of this estate. Greedy people.

2800 days ago

Jefferson Skywalker    

Simply THE Legend!

2800 days ago

Great Dane    

WOW, this is really low budget.....this looks more like the will of Flavor Flav, then the Godfather of soul!

2800 days ago

Lenn K    

Simply the biggest piece of fece in the world. Blind people will praise anything as long as he not beating their sister or mother. To not put the five year old in his Will shows the evil of this man. Maybe you are mad at the mom but you screwed her and got her pregnant and that not the kid"s fault. If you didn't want a kid you should have either not had sex or worn a condom.

2800 days ago


He is probably not the 'cold bastard' you think. The Will was signed in 2000, and not updated between then and his death in 2006. The 5 year old child would have been born in 2001. It would appear that he did not disown or denounce the existence of the 5 year old child, rather he was too busy dancing to update his will to include his 7th child. Jump Back - Touch yourself. Heh!

2800 days ago


I cannot believe how insensitive he was! How can he not include his 5 year old son in his will!!!! What a pig.

2800 days ago

My 2 Cents    

To #3, maybe the kid isn't in the will because James Brown wasn't sure he was really his???

2800 days ago


Well what TMZ failed to mention was that this will was written before his son was born. His son is 5 yrs old. The will was written in 2000. Do the math. But that does not excuse the fact that he should have had it amended to include his 5 yr old son.

2800 days ago


James Brown probably wasn't sure if this kid was even his. Seeing that this skank of a loser who had him was married to someone else at the time. She shouldn't get shit! It's sad that many of his generation die with little or no money considering all the contributions to music and society he left.

2800 days ago


Multiple boats, automobiles, and vehicles doesn't sound like just knickknacks to me.

2800 days ago


Well, David, there is always DNA. A test would/could clear up this question if he didn't believe this child was his. He is a loser, as is his beneficiaries.

2800 days ago


", wearing apparel, boats, automobiles, and other vehicles..."

This sounds like "knick knacks"? Boats, Cars, other vehicles? I'm also a woman who enjoys a nice piece of jewelry. I wouldn't mind inheriting from James Brown.

Also reported: does not include cash!!!!

2800 days ago


TMZ,how the heak do you get a hold of these. What kind of father doesn't include there son in the Will.

2800 days ago

Anne Winkler    

absolutely no class, his whole family are losers, dna test are still available, wise up, get on with the rest of the story.....

2800 days ago


Let me make this clear to the people that don't do math well...I agree with the many that mentioned how the will was made in 2000...That was before this young boy was born...Though James could of changed it when the little boy was born...Like someone told me yesterday..we don't know what James knew about Tomi Rae..he might of knew that she was a gold digger and wanted to keep it to himself and take it to his grave..There are many things we don't tell people and we just tell it to God alone...Another thing I will add is that if he spent time with the boy throughout his life so far..This child should get some money..whether the dna fits or not...DNA does not make someone a father these days...Being there makes someone a father...I saw Tomi Rae on Larry King ..first I felt bad for her..but then while she was close to the same breath she said that Mr. James Brown left their son a wide load of cash and told her to take it out..I think after the day he died..and also that she has his social security money...I believe that if this woman is a liar and a gold digger..that if she is given anything else..and she moves in his estate with another man in like a week..she should be stripped of that and the boy should be kept with family...I do feel that James' daughter are being very shady by not speaking up for the child....DNA or not..they had to watch that child grow...They are his family..Shame on them...and Shame on all of them for not putting the man to rest...

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