The James Brown Foundation released a statement yesterday to inform of the passing of James Brown's daughter, Venisha Brown.
She died at the age of 53 due to complications from pneumonia. Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa.
Venisha was at the AU Health Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, at the time of her death. The foundation said in the statement:
"The multi-talented songwriter and musician will always be remembered as one of the few who fully embodied the dance moves of her father."
They also asked that the family's privacy be respected at this time and assured fans that her funeral arrangements would be published in the upcoming days.
Anybody who wishes to pay their respects to the family can, instead of sending flowers, donate to the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils.
Venisha played a vital role in the foundation, and the Academy of Musik was a project close to her heart as well.
James Brown was known as the Godfather of Soul and his daughter followed in his footsteps. He passed away on Christmas day back in 2006.
Venisha was known for her dancing skills and the President of the James Brown Foundation said she "could most closely mimic the incredible dancing skills" of her father.
A video clip from one of her performances can be seen below.
Growing up, she lived in California with her mother Yvonne Fair and would visit her father during the summer and school holidays.
Her sisters confirmed that Venisha battled drug addiction for many years, but she never lost her faith. Yamma Brown said:
“Fortunately, she had good family support. My dad was her support structure for a lot of years.”
Her other sister, Brown Thomas, said Venisha was arrested on numerous occasions and explained how she would visit her in jail.
She eventually overcame addiction but embraced her past and used her experiences to talk to young people about drug abuse.
Her health failed her towards the end, but despite that, Yamma said "she was very strong-willed" and "had all her faculties together."
“She was weak in her body, but definitely strong in her mind to the end.”