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Adrienne Lois Brown, 47, the wife of singer James Brown, died Jan. 6, two days after having cosmetic surgery. She was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. at Century City Hospital after being taken there by paramedics. She collapsed at a Beverly Hills health care facility, where she was recovering from surgery.

Scott Carrier, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner, said Mrs. Brown's death appeared to be a result of natural causes, but he offered no additional details. The type of cosmetic surgery, which took place in a doctor's office, was not disclosed.

There was nothing to indicate that Mrs. Brown's death was related to the surgery, said hospital spokeswoman Lisa Gaines. There also was no indication of foul play, she said. An autopsy was planned.

Mrs. Brown, a former hairstylist for television shows including "Days of Our Lives" and "Solid Gold," had been married to Brown for more than 10 years in an often stormy relationship.

She accused Brown of assault in 1988 but dropped the charge. She filed charges against him again last March, but they were dismissed. She accused him again in October but recanted a short time later.

Brown was arrested Oct. 31 after his wife called 911 in Aiken, S.C., and told deputies that he had hit her in the face. Brown was charged with criminal domestic violence and released on $940 bond.

In an affidavit dated Nov. 7, Mrs. Brown said she was injured when she accidentally hit a mirror. She was treated at a hospital and released.

Brown, 62, has denied beating his wife. He said in November that his wife was being treated for drug addiction.

In his autobiography, "James Brown: The Godfather of Soul," the singer attributed his marital problems to his and his wife's strong personalities.

"Any time you have two souls like ours coming together, it takes a long time for the two to become one," he wrote. "She has a strong self, and I have a strong self."

Aside from the moments when discord put her in the spotlight, Mrs. Brown lived quietly, out of the public eye. After dropping the charge against Brown in 1988, she told People magazine that she had been reluctant to file it.

"I want him to seek help because he's a good man. I know he loves me, and I know it's a sickness," she said. "I feel this marriage is worth saving. I love him."

The couple met in 1981 on the set of "Solid Gold," and their first date was dinner with an activist friend of Brown's, the Rev. Al Sharpton.