Venisha Brown, daughter of soul singers James Brown and Yvonne Fair, died Wednesday. She was 53.
Brown died after suffering complications with pneumonia at August University Health Medical Center in Georgia. Like her father, she was also a songwriter and musician and played a role in the foundation named after him.
The James Brown Foundation confirmed her death in a release, stating that Brown “will always be remembered as one of the few who fully embodied the dance moves of her father.”
Yamma Brown, also daughter of the “Godfather of Soul,” paid tribute to her half-sister on Instagram with a photo of the two.
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“My beautiful big sis Venisha has received her angels wings…” she wrote, “My heart is broken but I am comforted by the peace you now have!!!”
The Brown Foundation asked fans of the “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” singer and his daughter to make a donation to the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils in lieu of flowers.
For Immediate Release: September 20, 2018 Daughter of The Late Godfather of Soul James Brown Dies! ATLANTA, GA – Venisha Brown, who is one of the daughters of the late Godfather of Soul James Brown and the late Yvonne Fair (formerly of The Chantels) has died. Venisha Brown was 53 years old. Venisha died at AU Health Medical Center in Augusta, GA on Wednesday evening. The cause of death was due to complications from pneumonia. The multi-talented songwriter and musician will always be remembered as one of the few who fully embodied the dance moves of her father. The family thanks everyone for their prayers and telephone calls. At this time we ask that you respect the privacy of the family. Funeral arrangements will be available in the upcoming days. To pay tribute to Venisha Brown, the family asks in lieu of flowers to make a one-time donation to J.A.M.P (James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils) a cause dear to Venisha’s heart. J.A.M.P. is a musical, instrumental, initiative year-round educational hub designed for the youth to discover their musical ability to “Staying on the Good Foot.” www.jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org for additional information. https://jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org/online/images/Venisha-Browns-Passing_PressRelease_9-20-2018.pdf Contact: Jeremy Cormier Phone: 404-579-0482 Foundation Phone: 803-640-2096 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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“The family thanks everyone for their prayers and telephone calls,” the foundation wrote. “At this time we ask that you respect the privacy of the family.”
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