Crawford said he recommended an autopsy, but Brown's daughter, Yamma Brown, declined to have one performed. She did not offer an explanation about her decision when CNN asked.
The news outlet also asked another daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas, about allegations that her father’s crypt is empty, but she would not confirm or deny the claim.
Furthermore, a circus singer named Jacque Hollander, who worked with Brown in the 1980s, provided evidence about the performer and his associates, according to the CNN report. She began collecting information about him after she said he raped her. Brown was never prosecuted for the alleged crime.
“CNN examined Hollander's collection and also found independent corroboration for many of her claims,” the publication reported.
The investigation, which took place over two years, involved 140 interviews, a review of thousands of pages of police and court records, an analysis of more than 1,300 pages of text messages from Hollander's iPhone and a mysterious duffel bag. It also looks into the 1996 death of Adrienne Brown, James Brown's third wife.
Learn more about the report here.