Late soul great James Brown was making plans to renew his vows to wife TOMI RAE HYNIE when he died on Christmas Day (25DEC06), according to his widow. Hynie reveals her husband was planning a Christmas surprise for her as part of a reunion following Hynie's drug rehabilitation stint to wean herself off painkillers. She has since learned from Brown's personal manager CHARLES BOBBITT that her husband was planning to reveal all about a renewal of vows ceremony he had planned. Hynie, who learned of her husband's passing via a telephone message while she was in a final therapy session, says, "Mr Bobbitt left me a message that my husband had just passed, (and) to call him right away... I called immediately after that. "He (Brown) had a big surprise for me. And the big surprise was that we were going to renew our vows and Mr Bobbitt knew this."