A family of artists James brown reached a settlement that ended a 15-year battle over the late singer’s fortune, according to a lawyer involved in the mediation.
David Black, an attorney representing Brown’s estate, confirmed to the Associated Press on Friday that the agreement was reached on July 9. The details of the settlement were not disclosed.
Lawsuits over the property of the Godfather of the Soul have continued since his death at the age of 73 on Christmas Day 2006.
The death of the performer sparked years of bizarre headlines, starting with Tomi Rae Heini – a former partner who claimed to be Brown’s wife – locked up on her 60-acre (24-hectare) estate while photographers captured her sobbing and shaking with iron. gate, begging to be admitted.
Over the years, more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed by people trying to claim what is left, the amount of which is estimated by the courts at between $ 5 million and more than $ 100 million.
Brown was known for hundreds of iconic musical works, including hits such as “I Feel Good” and “A Man’s World,” and was known worldwide for his flamboyant performances and dynamic stage performance. But years of drug problems and poor financial management have led to a decline in his fortune.
Last year, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that Heini was not legally married to him and therefore was not entitled to his multimillion-dollar fortune.
The judges also ordered the District Court to “proceed promptly to make Brown’s inheritance in accordance with his inheritance plan,” which called for the creation of a trust that would use his music royalties to fund the cost of educating children in South Carolina and Georgia
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