James Brown’s emcee gets funeral sendoff with shiny cape

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FILE – In this July 6, 2005 file photo, James Brown performs on stage during the Live 8 concert at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. A prosecutor in Atlanta will decide whether to open a formal investigation after meeting with a woman who says she has evidence the legendary singer’s death was caused by another person, his spokesman said. Brown, known as the Godfather of Soul, was 73 when he died of heart failure on Christmas day in 2006 in Atlanta, less than two days after being hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Danny Ray spent years as the emcee for James Brown, and part of his job was draping capes on the Godfather of Soul.

Ray was 85 when he died Feb. 2 in Augusta, Georgia.

During his funeral Saturday, Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown-Thomas, draped a shiny silver cape over Ray’s casket — just as Ray had draped a shiny red cape over Brown’s casket in 2006.

The Augusta Chronicle reported that more than 100 people attended Ray’s service at the James Brown Arena.

Appearing by video, the Rev. Al Sharpton said he expects Brown and Ray are now performing again “on the other side.”

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