Mike DiGiovanna and Miguel Bastillo have more on the mysterious death of Chris Brown in the Los Angeles Times.
Brown, 45, died early Tuesday at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Though gravely ill during a 25-day stay in the intensive care unit, Brown communicated to relatives that he had been detained by robbers in Houston, brought to his home in nearby suburban Sugar Land, tied up and abandoned while robbers set his home ablaze.
But authorities in Sugar Land said they were investigating the circumstances that resulted in Brown's death as an arson case, not a kidnapping or attempted murder.
They refused to discuss whether Brown was the primary suspect in the arson investigation, but made clear that the version of events they culled together from interviewing neighbors and firefighters at the scene was different from the one Brown shared with family members.