ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — James Brown, the legendary R&B belter, a singer and songwriter who created a foundation for funk and provided the roots of rap, a man of many nicknames but a talent that can only be described as one of a kind, is dead.
Brown died early Monday at Atlanta’s Emory Crawford Long Hospital of congestive heart failure, his agent said. He was 73.
“The most difficult thing is for me to stand here without him. We were a team,” Charles Bobbit, Brown’s personal manager, told reporters Monday.
Pausing to fight back tears, Bobbit said he was at Brown’s bedside when he died.
Brown told him, “I’m going away tonight.”
Then he took three long, quiet breaths, and closed his eyes, Bobbit said.
Brown was in Atlanta for a dental appointment when he fell ill and was admitted to the hospital over the weekend for pneumonia.
“It appears what happened is that he did die of a heart attack as a result of his pneumonia,” the singer’s agent Frank Copsidas told CNN Radio.
Brown — known variously as “the Godfather of Soul,” “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” “Soul Brother Number One” and “Mr. Dynamite” (and often introduced as all of the above) — was known for his elastic dance moves, razor-sharp musicianship and all-stops-out performances.
So sad…All artists should pay tribute to one of the greatest influences of modern day music. He will be missed…
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