His beautiful and timeless records still hold a special place in millions of hearts. But Sam Cooke’s life was cut tragically short. Now the singer’s life and death is to be the focus of a Netflix docu-series. Cooke was shot dead at the age of 33 by motel manager Bertha Franklin.
Motel manager, Bertha Franklin, said Cooke broke into her office and attacked her. Because of this, Cooke’s death was deemed a “justifiable homicide.” Franklin claimed Cooke demanded she tell him the whereabouts of a woman who had accompanied him to the motel.
Franklin said the woman was not in her office and that she told Cooke this. But an angry Cooke did not believe her and “violently grabbed her.” According to Franklin, she fought with Cooke, managed to break free, get a gun and shoot him.
According to Franklin, Cooke shouted , “Lady, you shot me.” She said she beat him over his head with a broomstick before he finally fell and died. Late singer, Etta James, viewed Cooke’s body before his funeral. She claimed the injuries she saw were extremely different to the official account.
James says Cooke was so badly beaten, he was almost decapitated. His hands were broken and crushed and his nose was broken. In the new doc,’ one source claims the bigger a star Cooke became, the more White people thought he was “dangerous” because he was in “every American living room.”