James Brown’s DNA Dispute Settled

James Brown’s widow Tomi Rae Hynie has reached an agreement with trustees of the godfather’s estate to obtain DNA samples from the late singer’s body. It is hoped that the DNA samples will clarify how many children Brown fathered. In his will, he listed six children, but several other people have come forward following his passing to claim they are also the star’s offspring. Hynie originally didn’t like the way the trustees wanted the DNA collected, her lawyer, Robert Rosen, said. But both sides have reach an agreement on how to collect the samples, leading to the cancellation of a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, according to her lawyer. Brown, who died on December 25 at the age of 73, has yet to be buried. His trustees have said it would be easier to collect the DNA samples before he is entombed in his final resting place. Representatives of Hynie and Brown’s six adult children have said they reached an agreement on where to bury the singer, but have not made the arrangements public. Hynie says she is the singer’s fourth wife and has a child with Brown. She says she wants a paternity test to prove it. Attorneys for the singer have said Brown and Hynie weren’t legally married when he died because she was married to another man when they said their vows. Hynie is suing for a share of Brown’s estate and if DNA tests prove the singer’s son is fathered by Brown, she will be entitled to some of his financial legacy.


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