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Son Reveals Ray Charles Never Recovered From Brother's Death

June 17, 2010 (8:17 am) GMT
In a new biography called 'You Don't Know Me', Ray Charles Robinson Jr. says his piano great father always hid the pain of failing to save his brother from drowning.
Son Reveals Ray Charles Never Recovered From Brother's Death

Legendary soul man hid the pain of failing to save his brother from drowning for much of his life, according to the piano great's son Ray Charles Robinson Jr. In a new biography titled "You Don't Know Me", Robinson insists his father never recovered from the death of his brother George, who accidentally drowned in a washtub.

He says, "Talking about his brother was almost impossible... It was clear that he still held himself responsible for George's death. The last thing my father remembers about that day is the sight of his mother, her face streaming with tears, carrying George's lifeless body into a cabin."

The "Georgia on my Mind" singer started to lose his sight shortly after the tragedy. He was eventually rendered completely blind.

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