Hospital officials declined to give the cause of death. [4], Brown was one of Ali's speech writers. Drew Bundini Brown, Actor: Shaft. Mr. Brown, who was 57 years old, was said to have undergone surgery earlier in the week. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. He was a cornerman and assistant trainer of Muhammed Ali. A.I. '', Mr. Brown also appeared as an actor in several films, including ''Shaft'' and ''The Color Purple.''. 14806996, citing Page Jackson Cemetery, Sanford, Seminole County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by GoldBootGA (contributor 46794871) . He pinched a nerve in his spine in the crash and subsequently suffered a serious fall at home, from which he never recovered. Brown died on 24 September 1987 in Los Angeles County, California at the age of 59 from medical complications of injuries sustained in a previous car accident. He was visited by Ali on his deathbed. [1] (Later he also became a cornerman for James "Quick" Tillis). Due to this relationship, Brown later converted to Reform Judaism. He was credited with originating the champion's famous battle cry, ''Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His son Drew III joined the United States Navy and became a Medium Attack Bomber pilot flying the A-6 Intruder. [1], Brown died on 24 September 1987 in Los Angeles County, California at the age of 59 from medical complications of injuries sustained in a previous car accident. There would never have been a Muhammad Ali without Drew Bundini Brown.”—Khalilah Camacho-Ali (Muhammad Ali’s second wife) “Bundini gave Ali his entire heart. He died on September 24, 1987 in … Looking for something to watch? The strapping young Brown, who had matured rapidly during puberty, was able to lie about his age and join the United States Navy as a Messboy at age 13. Drew Bundini Brown was born on March 21, 1928 in Florida, USA. [5] His body was buried at Page Jackson Cemetery, in Sanford, Florida.[6]. Mr. Brown joined the entourage of Ali in the early 1960's when the young boxer was known as Cassius Clay and remained with him until his final fight, a loss to Trevor Berbick in 1981. He was played by the actor Bernie Mac in the film Don King: Only in America, and by Jamie Foxx in the film Ali. They married at a time when interracial relationships and marriages were considered by many as taboo, and had one son, Drew Brown III (born January 20, 1955, in Harlem). Drew (Bundini) Brown, who died this week, enjoyed some rollicking times as a sidekick to Muhammad Ali but confessed that he had to tone down his act when the champion embraced the Muslim religion. He was married to Rhoda Palestine Brown. See the article in its original context from. Who Left the Biggest Impression in Their Acting Debut? Drew Bundini Brown - Biography. After seven years with Sugar Ray Robinson,[2] widely recognized as one of the best boxers of all time, Brown joined Muhammad Ali's boxing team as a cornerman in 1963. Drew (Bundini) Brown, who worked as a cornerman and assistant trainer for Muhammad Ali throughout the former heavyweight champion's career, died Thursday at … Discharged two years later, he found employment as a United States Merchant Marine, and spent 12 years traveling the world on the high seas.