UPDATED Sources: Michael Brown Is Dead

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Multiple sources close to the case, including Rachel Brown's divorce lawyer David Brown, are telling us that Michael Brown died after he was taken off life support Thursday. Will have more soon.

A Brown obit:

When defense attorney Dick DeGuerin told the jury in Michael Brown's 2011 assault case, in which he was accused of assaulting his fourth wife Rachel -- and for which he was acquitted -- DeGuerin told the jury he was honored to represent Brown. (Update: See the last page for some thoughts from other lawyers).

It was remarkable theater. We're still not sure what DeGuerin could have meant. Which part was he most honored by -- when Brown beat his then-pregnant wife Darlina's face to a pulp in a drunken rage; when he wrote letters to his infant daughter, telling her how to sexually please her future husband; for spending money on bedding strippers a third his age instead of paying child support; for losing his medical license to continued drug abuse; for allegedly following a lawyer representing his ex-wife out into the parking lot and threatening to kill her; for choking flight attendants; for threatening to destroy perceived enemies and ultimately costing dozens upon dozens of hardworking employees their jobs?

Or was DeGuerin, like every lawyer who chomped at the bit to tap the Brown Piggy Bank, simply but eloquently full of baloney? Did DeGuerin really know Brown? Did he understand how tortured and self-destructive this self-described bipolar man was? Did he or anyone else -- including Rachel Brown -- try to save him from himself, or were they simply parasites attaching themselves to an extremely wealthy host? Could no one see that giving Brown 30 days to surrender to authorities, instead of shuttling him to federal prison straight from court, was flirting with disaster?

In addition to his endless litigation and bizarre, often criminal, behavior, Brown left a cache of writings that offer a window into his mind, which he described as "brilliant" and "bipolar." He wrote of constantly having to balance the "tray of marbles" in his head.

His was a mind that could confess weakness and beg for forgiveness and then, a split-second later, blame all his problems on others. His writings reveal a man who lived in constant fear of abandonment but whose violent behavior repelled those closest to him; a man with suicidal ideations and paranoid fantasies who somehow got a prominent River Oaks psychiatrist to give him the all-clear when he was still monitored by the courts. His writings paint him as the consummate victim; an honorable, if flawed, man who was simply trying to follow Christ's teachings, but who was deceived by a disrespectful wife who did not understand his "brilliant bipolar mind" and who failed wifely duties by not spreading her legs on command.

Although he was ostensibly writing to his daughter Sophie -- whom he was certain inherited his bipolar disorder, telling her she'd probably be on lithium by her late teens -- the letters come off as if he's writing to a younger version of himself; a kid plagued by an undiagnosed mental illness who needed someone to tell him that everything was going to be alright.

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From Brown's writings.

Here are some excerpts from his writings, many of which were penned between 1999-2001. In some cases, the excerpts have been edited for spelling and grammar.

From one of his seven hunting memoirs, Kilimanjaro: Safari in Tanzania

Over the last ten years, I have had a hunting odyssey. I have hunted all over the world and pursued all kinds of game. What it took me a while to realize was that I was experiencing an odyssey of life and in my search for trophy animals, I also undertook a search fro some truths and meanings in life. This occurred not only because of my interaction with nature and animals, but my interactions with different peoples and different cultures all over the world. I am not sure why I started writing about my experiences. There are probabl;y a lot of reasons. I think the main reason, though, was to help me make some sense of all of it one day. Hopefully, that is what I am doing now. I am not sure if the answers apply to anyone else or not. Probably some do and some don't.
Months had passed since Dr. Brown returned from his Botswana safari and he longed daily to go back despite having acquired first hand the knowledge that lion hunting was potentially lethal business. Perhaps it was the exhilaration of looking death in the face and surviving that was so overpowering. Make no mistake, Dr. Michael brown did not have a death wish, he simply had an overpowering lust for the hunting life.

Mike once again found himself hunting lion with Allistair McFarlane at his side. He took aim and squeezed the trigger, and he got a momentary glimpse at the lion falling to the ground as he recovered from the recoil of the big Weatherby. He knew the overpowering will to live possessed by a big black-maned male, so he quickly chambered another round, and to his horror, the lion was not only back up on his feet, but closing at an alarming rate. All hell broke loose then, Allistair and Mike were both pumping lead into that lion but it didn't really seem to phase him. He just kept coming and coming and coming, roaring that bone-chilling guttural bellow that seemed to emanate from hell's gate itself.



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johnathanmarley
johnathanmarley

It indeed is a saddening fact racism killed the teenage boy Michael Brown. An article has been published to pay him tribute by daawn.com at http://goo.gl/A80AMe. Do read it.

GARCISA
GARCISA

First time posting, sorry. I ddn't mean it to post so many times.

GARCISA
GARCISA

We all fall short of the glory of God, all of us; you, me and Dr. Brown. This man chose to mast his illness with the wrong things; had he chosen God may he'd still be here and things wouldn't have ever spiraled out of control. We all just need to worry about our own lives, and how God is going to take care of us and pray for the souls of those that truely loved and cared for Dr. Brown.

GARCISA
GARCISA

People who suffer from mental illness I believe can only be healed by the power of God and the Holy Sprit. The enemy attacks those he is threatened by; he doesn't worry about those he's got because he's got them already. This man chose to instead of seek God try to cure his illness in the flesh and will never work. We all come short of the glory of God, all of us, you, me and Dr. Brown. I just hope he asked for forgiveness from God just before he took his life and we don't know his true spirit maybe  he did and maybe he didn't but God forgives and perhaps Dr. Brown is in Heaven. None of us have the right to judge. Unless you are perfect, then just pray for the souls of his children and those that truely loved him. I have dealth with mental illness, have seen it and it's not pretty but worry about yourself and let God take care of the rest.

GARCISA
GARCISA

People who suffer from mental illness I believe can only be healed by the power of God and the Holy Sprit. The enemy attacks those he is threatened by; he doesn't worry about those he's got because he's got them already. This man chose to cure his illness from things of the flesh and that will never work. We all come short of the glory of God; all of us, you, me and Dr. Brown. I just hope he asked for forgiveness just before he took his life. We don't know his true spirit; maybe, he did and maybe he didn't but God forgives and maybe this man is Heaven. None of us have the right to judge. Unless you are perfect, which you are not, then just pray for the souls of his children and those that truely loved him. I have dealth with mental illness, have seen it and it's ugly, brutal and not a pretty site so worry about yourself and how God is going to take care of your life and let GOd take care of things for the Brown family and those that loved him.  

GARCISA
GARCISA

People who suffer from mental illness I believe can only be healed by the power of God and the Holy Sprit. The enemy attacks those he is threatened by; he doesn't worry about those he's got because he's got them already. This man chose to instead of seek God try to cure his illness in the flesh and will never work. We all come short of the glory of God, all of us, you, me and Dr. Brown. I just hope he asked for forgiveness from God just before he took his life and we don't know his true spirit maybe  he did and maybe he didn't but God forgives and perhaps Dr. Brown is in Heaven. None of us have the right to judge. Unless you are perfect, then just pray for the souls of his children and those that truely loved him. I have dealth with mental illness, have seen it and it's not pretty but worry about yourself and let God take care of the rest.

GARCISA
GARCISA

People who suffer from mental illness I believe can only be healed by the power of God and the Holy Sprit. The enemy attacks those he is threatened by; he doesn't worry about those he's got because he's got them already. This man chose to cure his illness from things of the flesh and that will never work. We all come short of the glory of God; all of us, you, me and Dr. Brown. I just hope he asked for forgiveness just before he took his life. We don't know his true spirit; maybe, he did and maybe he didn't but God forgives and maybe this man is Heaven. None of us have the right to judge. Unless you are perfect, which you are not, then just pray for the souls of his children and those that truely loved him. I have dealth with mental illness, have seen it and it's ugly, brutal and not a pretty site so worry about yourself and how God is going to take care of your life and let GOd take care of things for the Brown family and those that loved him.  

stjnky
stjnky

I haven't actually seen a proper obituary yet. Any news on his disposition? 

skandytx
skandytx

These should not be public. I am sorry, but we are a world of voyeurs. This is sad!

Puller58
Puller58

Another lost soul consumed by his demons.

icedcrane
icedcrane

" and who failed wifely duties by not spreading her legs on command."


please wtf else are gold diggers for?  dont try to act like his long term call girl wife found true love with just so happens to have more millions bagwell.

annekarima
annekarima

Many Many years ago I applied for a job with Dr. Brown as a tech when he was just a small clinic in downtown Houston.   I didn't get the job but the man called me himself to explain why and he did it kindly.  I never forgot him for his attitude toward me in that phone conversation and his kindness.  It was no big deal.  It was the effort he took.  He didn't know me.  I was no one to him.  However, I never forgot him and he didn't leave me with a bad feeling nor a form letter or heck - just no response to my application.  His detour in his career surprised me over the years.  It is too bad for the people who were attracted to his lifestyle then found out what happened to him.  We all make our choices.  Sometimes we ourselves don't understand why we make the choices we do.  May the man now find the peace he so needs.

jack.hughes
jack.hughes

Check the fingerprints on that corpse.

laniedayz
laniedayz

Craig, can you do a follow up story about how many children this man has?  The reason I ask is that there likely will be a struggle over his assets.  I am just curious as to how many people will try to lay claim to whatever money he has left.  I would think he would have left a pretty iron clad will, but he was so messed up---you just never know...and I can see people trying to drag this out in the courts -- Anna Nicole Smith style..

ptgetty
ptgetty

he has children let him RIP!!

daverickey3
daverickey3

Michael Brown died for the Houston Press's sins. He now sits at the feet of his father with 4 Treasures strippers around him! And on a serious note, I hope he provided for his daughters. They are innocent of his doings but I have no knowledge of what will happen. It's not surprising to see people like he or Anna Nicole Smith, die early. But that is easy to say after the fact. I guess, human train wrecks in general don't live long lives.

sneakers
sneakers

One thing is wrong about this story....Many, Many, Many of the people you refer to as parasites (and yes, there were plenty of those) but many of his true close circle did try over and over to help him, but you can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped.  His life and company really fell apart once the President resigned and he placed his PA, and yes man in charge of everything.

Angela Nolen
Angela Nolen

Poor kids. I'll never forget the commercial with his kids.

roybell1300
roybell1300

Craig Malisow I guess you have nothing else to report on since Dr. Brown is no longer with us. This is sad in so many ways. Dr.Brown may you finally rest in peace and now since everybody else's hands have to come out of your pockets I don't know how they will be able to pay their own bills.

jigmonster
jigmonster

Snortin coke with the angels RIP

Andy Combs
Andy Combs

He really went out guns blazing.

Alex Villalobos
Alex Villalobos

Cocaine is a hell Of a drug ((((rick James voice))))

gatekeeper666
gatekeeper666

This is all very sad for his children to have their Father's obvious mental health issues play out for all to see, BUT....if it helps one person out there to see their own future and get help, then his death was not without meaning.

Karen Broussard Marlow
Karen Broussard Marlow

I, too, remember my skin crawling while I watched his TV commercial with his fearful frozen family sitting posed and threatened.

RebeccaS
RebeccaS

Whoa. Are you sure he's dead? He seems like the type that would fake his death. RIP because there was nothing peaceful about you in life.


Jww Weghorst
Jww Weghorst

No way. He faked his death and is now cooling his heels with a cuba libra and an 8 ball in St. Maartens.

teripoole2012
teripoole2012

@laniedayz there are 4 children. And yes many people are all ready trying to get what they think is their's.  They just need to leave him alone and let him rest in peace, he has been through enough and I have been through enough of all this reading all the bs that is posted, You dont see the good things that he has done post. And there is alot of good things. I should no.   

KDKNUC
KDKNUC

@sneakers AND his wife, former PA (side man) and numerous body guards who also were dismissed or left with no choice but to step aside at the end of 2011.  All together this  led to the downward spiral of his life and company  that could not be stopped.  All of these people tried desperately to keep him together and did succeed for a long period of time, but his choice to abandon them for yes people just led to his total unraveling and eventual death.

craig.malisow
craig.malisow

@roybell1300 Yeah, you're right. I guess all I have left is the in-depth investigative  stories we put out. 

sabrinadoubleb
sabrinadoubleb

@craig.malisow @roybell1300 Nevertheless, your party is pretty much over.  It was fun reading about Brown's escapades at first.  Like, uhhhh, years ago.  But recently, you've seemed obsessed with the obsessive Dr. Brown.  

I hope you find another punching bag to hit over and over in your future "investigations", Craig.  I mean, do you really think the lambs will stop screaming, Craig, now that Dr. Brown is dead?

chococatmdjd
chococatmdjd

@laniedayz @sabrinadoubleb @craig.malisow @roybell1300 who said that I read all of them.  I said I read some in the dark ages...years ago.  then i read this one about Dr. B's death.  In the interim, Malisow has written a diatribe about Dr. B's divorce, post divorce proceedings, etc.  That's when I began thinking "too much obsession by this writer."  

but thanks for being an apologist for Malisow, lanie.  

sabrinadoubleb
sabrinadoubleb

@craig.malisow @roybell1300 Besides, I didn't say I didn't like your reporting.  I only made some fun about the obsession with Dr. Brown.  I know that you tend to snark back at everyone who you think is taking shots at you, but trust me...I loved your stuff on Brown back at the beginning of time.  This divorce stuff and Bagwell stuff, and child support etc. is just like "meh, let the guy die" 


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