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He was "The Godfather of Soul", who helped to develop funk music. James Brown gained worldwide fame for his musical contributions.

Although he was noted for his advocacy of education and humanitarian causes and for his push for civil rights and self-reliance, James also had several legal problems over the course of his life.

He was convicted of robbery when he was 16 and served time in a juvenile detention center in Georgia.

James Brown teenage years

Despite a strict "no drugs" policy for members of his band, by the mid 1980'sJames was accused of using drugs himself and was accused of domestic violence.

There were charges of using PCP and prescription painkillers; he was pinched for possession of marijuana and the unlawful use of a handgun and was accused of assaulting a police officer and charging at an electric company repairman with a steak knife.

Convicted for weapons and assault charges – along with various drug-related and driving offenses…James was sentenced to six years in prison, but was released after three years in 1991.

James Brown mugshot

His third wife, Adrienne Rodriguez…

James Brown and Adrienne Rodriguez

…had James arrested four times between 1977 and 1985 on domestic violence charges

James Brown in casket

And in mid-August, 2014, his widow Tomi Rae revealed his remains were dismembered for DNA samples as part of a paternity suit over his son James Brown II.

James Brown with wife and son

And the "hardest working man in show business" is also the "most-often-buried man in show business." James Brown's body was relocated 14 times (and counting?) because of family infighting over his multi-million dollar estate.

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