Bobbi Kristina Brown, Daughter of Whitney Houston, Dies at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, Daughter of Whitney Houston, Dies at 22

By May Wilkerson 07/27/15

The daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown had been in a medically-induced coma for nearly six months.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late singer Whitney Houston, died Sunday at the age of 22.

Brown had been in a medically-induced coma for nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her home in Roswell, Ga., on January 31. She spent two months in a hospital on life support before she was moved to a rehab facility in March.

Her maternal grandmother, Cissy Houston, announced in April that Bobbi Kristina was suffering from "global and irreversible brain damage." In June, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Pat Houston, announced that her niece had been transferred to a hospice facility.

"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family," said a statement released by her family. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."

Authorities have speculated that Brown’s cause of death was drug-related, and anonymous family sources reported that drugs were found in her home.

The incident took place nearly three years to the day after Whitney Houston was also found unconscious in a bathtub in her Beverly Hills home, after a long battle with alcohol and drugs. Her death was ruled an accidental overdose linked to cocaine use and heart disease, the coroner reported.

Brown, who had already been rumored to have her own substance abuse issues, is said to have turned to alcohol and drugs to cope with her mother’s death. She was 18 at the time. A recent book is claiming she had been addicted to drugs as early as 14.

After Brown’s drowning, authorities launched a criminal investigation in which they questioned her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, about bruising found on her chest. Gordon, who found Bobbi Kristina’s body, said he was giving her CPR, according to a family source. In June, a civil lawsuit was filed against Gordon claiming that his behavior "caused, among other things, substantial bodily harm to Brown."

He was banned by the family from seeing her in the hospital, and reportedly entered rehab for his own substance abuse several months after Brown was hospitalized.

There were also widespread media reports of drama between Brown’s father, Bobby Brown, and other family members, over how to handle Brown’s care. But Bobby Brown released a statement last month in which he claimed the family was working together to do what was best for Bobbi Kristina.

"I am making decisions with (Bobbi Kristina's aunt) Pat Houston and we are working together for the medical care of my daughter," said Brown in the statement. "Right now we are focused on Bobbi Kristina's medical prognosis and the criminal investigation. These are the priorities for us. Whoever had a hand in causing my daughter's injuries needs to be brought to justice."

Bobbi Kristina had reportedly been excited to follow in her mother’s footsteps by pursuing a musical and acting career, and in 2012 played her first role in For Better or Worse on TBS. Houston and Bobbi Kristina, who are said to have had a close relationship, performed a duet of "My Love Is Your Love" in Central Park on ABC's Good Morning America in 2009.

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