The "Godfather of Soul" has passed away at 73 years old this morning after checking into the hospital this weekend with pneumonia. Brown died of heart failure at 1:45 a.m. Monday. His agent said he felt fine at the hospital and that he still planned on being on stage in NY on New Years. As his friend Jesse Jackson said: "He was dramatic to the end — dying on Christmas Day... Almost a dramatic, poetic moment. He'll be all over the news all over the world today. He would have it no other way." Our thoughts are with his friends and family.