Venisha Brown, Yamma Brown

Venisha Brown, a daughter of the late soul singer James Brown, died at Augusta University Health Medical Center in Augusta, GA, on Wednesday, Sept. 18. She was 53.

A James Brown Family Foundation press release stated she died from complications of pneumonia. The foundation thanked everyone for their “prayers and telephone calls” but asked for privacy.

Venisha's mother is soul singer Yvonne Fair.

Yamma Brown, Venisha's half sister, shared a photo of herself embracing her older sister on her Instagram.com page on Thursday. Yamma, pictured right, captioned the image: "My beautiful big sis Venisha has received her angels wings. My heart is broken but I am comforted by the peace you now have!!!”

Funeral arrangements are pending but in lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils, a musical, instrumental, initiative year-round educational hub designed for the youth to discover their musical ability.

James Brown, also known as "The Godfather of Soul", died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia on Christmas Day 2006 at age 73. He left behind a will providing for six adult children. His widow, Hynie, and youngest son, James II, were not named in the will which was signed in 2000, before James II was born.

  • RaginB

    R.i.p

  • Alextra Ballard

    This is so sad.RIP Venisha..

  • Victorious82

    RIP.

    SN did that new baby and ex wife ever get any money? Wasn’t she in court fighting for some?

  • Trey

    rip....53 is young

  • SpiceGirl

    Wow...Rest easy hun

  • ShWa

    Rest in Peace-she was young.

  • Mrs. King

    Yep she sure did. She got that money

  • Alextra Ballard

    53 is considered young these dayz

  • Wreckognize Game

    RIP Ms Brown

  • Renee26

    RIP so young so sad

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Beautiful Ladies ... sending much love to the family <3

  • Trey

    That a question?

  • KcoolMuziq
  • PhillyFacts

    The youngest looks just like their father hair, face structure and all.. Lovely women... Rest in Power!

  • Yardgirl

    RIP Venisha. I was just telling someone about the dangers of pneumonia. Sad.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. His kids fought hard against her for over a decade, but the court finally ruled in her favor.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Hair laid...just like her dad's!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. With all these advances in medical care that we have, it doesn't even seem like people should still be dying from pneumonia nowadays, but they still do.

  • PhillyFacts

    Isn't it beautiful, I know her hairs got that bounce..............

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Very sad, she was young.

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    Which daughter was the one dating or married to the thumb sucking scam artist in Atlanta? I think of him sometimes because of the media repeatedly pointing out the fact that he was a thumb sucker. I think he killed himself, someone else or both.

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    53 been too young to die.

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    She didn't just have pneumonia. She's been sick for a long time.

  • WhoKnew

    Her sister's comments: "My heart is broken but I am comforted by the peace you now have!!!” suggest she was ill for a long time. Pneumonia don't keep you hanging around for a very long time.

    R.I.P.

  • Tammie Reed

    OMG so sad. I remember meeting her and sat next to her at a James Brown movie a few years ago. She was so sweet, may she RIP.

  • dontgetblocked

    A thumb sucking killer?

  • Quitedeliteful

    I wonder why he never fixed his will so that his youngest son would get an inheritance...

  • Quitedeliteful

    I didn't think in this day and age pneumonia could kill you...

  • pure_rachet

    My dad was diagnosed with terminal Crohn's Disease but ultimately what killed him was the pneumonia.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • TMW

    It turns into progressively worse sepsis if it’s not treated. Septic shock causes organ failure and death. My mom passed from septic shock which was a complication of her pneumonia.

  • Rainbowbelow

    My sister had leukemia but died from pneumonia because her immune system was not strong enough to fight it.

  • freelancepimp .

    When they release statements like 'complications with pneumonia' there's usually a lot of details purposely left out for respect of the deceased and their family.

  • Black4life

    Yes...are you a teen ? If you don't grow old, it means your dead. Everyone gets older...finish your breakfast and clean your room. Is 53 considered young...chile please

  • WhoKnew

    He was mad at BM for cheating on him and took it out on the child.

  • Quitedeliteful

    WOW!!!! smh...

  • Quitedeliteful

    WOW!!!! smh...

  • Sweetness

    Nice touch?

  • Sweetness

    Nice touch?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Thank you.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Thank you.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    I wonder is this the one that was totally strung out on meth living on the streets?

  • Alextra Ballard

    You are absolutely correct. Most HIV/AIDS patients death is a result from pneumonia. It really weakens their already fragile immune system.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Persons with Sarcoidosis can die of pneumonia...like Bernie Mack.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Rest in peace.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Rest in peace.

  • Li-Wright

    I'm not sure that will info is correct. His last wife had a fight with the estate and I believe she won a share of his assets. As did the children. It's a mess.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/arts/music/james-brown-estate-unsettled.html
    Maybe this is why Aretha didn't get a will.

  • Li-Wright

    I agree with @freelance. there was probably another illness or disease

  • country57

    Rest easy Venisha, job well done.

  • Lovers & Friends

    Bingo! I’ll be respectful though but yes.

  • Lovers & Friends

    Really? She was known to be rude to and difficult to those in the medical profession.

  • Gail

    If he didn't explicitly exclude her and her son, she deserved to win. It always mystifies me why 'first families' feel so entitled. He left and remarried for a reason! Just because he neglected to update his will doesn't mean he loved them more....clearly

  • Alextra Ballard

    nope just a comment....I forgot the period

  • Alextra Ballard

    Nope,I'm not a teen...and I will stick to my original comment. That I consider 53 as being young.

  • Dee

    A LOT of people never get around to amending or updating a Will, always figuring they will get around to it “one day.”

  • Dee

    The will info was correct. They didn’t say the wife and Son got nothing. They correctly stated that the wife and Son weren’t in the Will which was last amended before the Sons birth. Thank you for your link to the update.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lawwd, I hope I didn't inadvertently insinuate that Venisha died from this disease,there are so many other ways folks can get puenmonia.