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By Jennifer Odell

James Brown's body is missing from its crypt, according to one of his illegitimate children.

Brown, who died in 2006, was supposed to be buried in a public mausoleum once the tomb was ready. In the meantime, his remains have been held at the South Carolina home of his daughter, Deanna.

But LaRhonda Pettit, 48, claims her father's body is being hidden by conspirators who want part of his fortune. She believes his remains have been moved in order to prevent an autopsy from being conducted to determine the true cause of his death, widely believed to have been a heart attack caused by pneumonia.

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"My daddy's body has disappeared," Pettit, one of 12 people who have claimed that the singer is their biological father, told the Globe newspaper. "I have no clue where it was taken, but I need to know where."

Pettit went on to demand that an autopsy be conducted to prove once and for all how the Godfather of Soul died at age 73.

"I'm convinced his death was suspicious and I want the people responsible brought to justice," she said. "The only way to do that is to exhume his body and have an autopsy. I cannot understand why one was never conducted."

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She added that his alleged drug problem may have been a factor in what she believes to have been strange circumstances surrounding his death.

"It was common knowledge that my daddy took illegal drugs," she told the Globe. "He was also hooked on various prescription painkillers. At the very least there were enablers who helped cause his death."