Burial arrangments finally set for James Brown

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — The six adult children of
singer James Brown have agreed with his partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, on
where the entertainer will be buried, an attorney for the woman said.

Robert Rosen said the resting place is being kept
confidential at the request of Brown’s children. He said the burial may
take place in the “next few days.”

Brown died Christmas Day at
age 73. His body is in a confidential location, said Charles Reid,
manager of the C.A. Reid Funeral Home, which handled Brown’s funeral.

He said he checked on Brown on Tuesday, opening the gold casket to view the body.

“I
do that constantly,” Reid said. “That’s the only way I can actually
check him … go in, open the casket and close it. And he’s fine.”

Meanwhile,
a judge in a ruling made public Tuesday said the trustees accused of
mismanaging Brown’s estate will keep handling his property and trust,
but a special administrator will oversee their work.

The singer’s
six adult children claim the estate has been mismanaged, saying in
court papers that some of Brown’s assets were in danger of being “lost
or dissipated or stolen.

The trust is said to contain most of
Brown’s primary assets, including music rights and his home, and is
separate from Brown’s will filed last week. The will called for
personal possessions such as clothes, jewelry, boats and automobiles to
be divided among the children.

Rosen said he and his client were pleased with the appointment.

Brown’s attorney, trustee Buddy Dallas, said he was pleased and vindicated.

But it likely will not be the last hearing over the singer’s estate.

“As long as there’s a lawyer who can earn a fee, this will go on,” Dallas said.

Attorneys for Brown’s children did not immediately returns calls for comment Tuesday.

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