Monday, December 25, 2006
"The Godfather of Soul" was at risk for pneumonia
James Brown Dies at 73

It was 3:20 this morning when i heard a noise... I thought maybe it was Santa, but it was actually the newsroom calling me... James Brown had died (Full Story).

I was on call for breaking news this weekend, so when I got the call, I quickly threw on some clothes and headed into work to get the details. At about 5 AM, my correspondent Rusty Dornin and I were off to the hospital where the self-proclaimed "Godfather of Soul" had passed away. Watch: James Brown Dies at 73 Video.

As it turns out, the 73-year-old music legend was spotted last Friday near his hometown in Augusta, Georgia handing out Christmas gifts to underprivileged children. After he finished there, he headed into Atlanta for a routine dentist appointment, and at some point over the weekend, he was taken to Emory's Crawford Long Hospital with severe pneumonia. At 1:45 AM on Christmas day, he passed away from what his manager says was a heart attack related to pneumonia.

While it all seems pretty sudden - one day handing out presents, the next day in the hospital - pneumonia is notorious for striking suddenly.

So should you be concerned that your chest cold may be pneumonia?

First, if you have a pretty sudden onset of symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing - particularly a cough that produces greenish mucous - there may be cause for concern. Often times, pneumonia also come along with flu-like symptoms - a fever, shaking chills and muscle pains - so if you're experiencing any of these symptoms, go see your doctor, and let him or her sort out what's causing your discomfort.

Finally, know your risk factors - Young children and the elderly, those with chronic diseases and smokers have a much greater risk for developing serious lung infections like pneumonia, so if you fall into any of these categories and you have a cold you just can't seem to shake, it might be a good time to go see your doctor.
I'm confused though about what his Dentist saw? Did he see something in his mouth that indicated a serious illness? It's been said that he looked perfectly fine when he was seen on Friday passing out presents. Can pneumonia set up so quickly and become fatal that fast? God rest his soul...
It's entirely possible that the dentist may have been concerned because of the level of the cough...can you imagine trying to work inside the mouth of someone who has frequent, deep coughing?

Doesn't work all that well.

James Brown will be remembered. There was nothing quite like him.
Every dance move that exist to man, James Brown was involved in the chorography. I will miss the Dripping sweat and quick or hot foot movements. Jesus needs to be entertained , and who better than James Brown to entertain Jesus.
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