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An Atlanta prosecutor will now be looking into the death of legendary singer and perform singer James Brown's death after meeting with a woman who said she has evidence that Brown was murdered.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. spoke to CNN where he informed them that his investigators would be conducting interviews and weigh potential evidence. A decision will then be made as to whether an official investigation would be launched.

Brown died at 73 at a hospital in Atlanta on December 25, 2006 of a heart attack and fluid in the lungs. But the doctor who signed the certificate Marvin Crawford said in a 2017 interview with CNN that he'd always wondered what brought on those events.

"He changed too fast," Crawford said. "He was a patient I would never have predicted would have coded. ... But he died that night, and I did raise that question: What went wrong in that room?"

The news comes the same week that the Manhattan district attorney's announced that it would review the case after new information came to light and that they are working in unison with the Innocence Project, a non-profit that works to exonerate the wrongly convicted.

"District Attorney Vance has met with representatives from the Innocence Project and associated counsel regarding this matter," Manhattan DA spokesman Danny Frost said in a statement. "He has determined that the district attorney's office will begin a preliminary review of the matter, which will inform the office regarding what further investigative steps may be undertaken."

In the docuseries, historian Abdur-Rahman Muhammad investigates possible leads into the murder, speaking with members of the Nation of Islam, a religious organization Malcolm X belonged to until he was excommunicated.

Malcolm X was gunned down on stage at the Audubon Ballroom in New York on February 21, 1965. Following his death, three men were convicted in 1966. Mujahid Abdul Halim (known as Talmadge Hayer and Thomas Hagan), Muhammad Abdul Aziz (known as Norman 3X Butler), and Khalil Islam (known as Thomas 15X Johnson) were sentenced to life in prison. The latter two have always maintained their innocence.

"Given the historical importance of this case and the fact that our client is 81 years old, we are especially encouraged that Mr. Vance has assigned two highly respected prosecutors, Peter Casolaro and Charles King, to work on this re-investigation," Innocence Project co-founder and special counsel Barry Scheck said in a statement.