Condolences are coming in for the man known as the Godfather of Soul.
President Bush issued a statement saying he was saddened to learn of James Brown's death in Atlanta Christmas morning. Bush described Brown as an American original whose fans came from all walks of life and backgrounds.
Brown's last public appearance was in Augusta, Georgia last Friday, handing out Christmas presents to the needy.
Brown's agent says the singer was hospitalized with pneumonia in Atlanta and died around 1:45 Christmas morning.
Brown's top of the chart hits "Please, Please, Please", "It's a Man's Man's World," and "Say it Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud" shaped lives and culture.
He was 73.