Friend Who Found Bobbi Kristina Brown in Tub Dies from Apparent Overdose

By Paul Gaita 08/20/18

Prior to his death, Max Lomas had successfully completed three months in a rehab facility and had recently found a job.

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Max Lomas, who gained notoriety after finding the late Bobbi Kristina Brown unconscious in a bathtub in 2015, has died from what has been described as a "probable" drug overdose.

The 28-year-old, who lived with Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter before her drug-related death in 2015, was found unresponsive, with a syringe by his side in the bathroom of a home in Saltillo, Mississippi on August 15, 2018. Lomas was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to People, a cause of death has not been determined, but death investigation papers obtained by the publication list heroin overdose as the probable cause of death.

People noted that prior to his death, Lomas had successfully completed three months in a rehabilitation facility and had recently found a job.

"He really worked the program," said a source close to Lomas, who reportedly spoke to him on a weekly basis while he was in treatment. "He had come so far. There was so much he wanted to do."

Lomas had been taken in by Whitney Houston as a teenager, and was briefly linked to Bobbi Kristina Brown before the relationship came to a halt when he was incarcerated in 2011 for violating his probation.

Upon his release, he found that Brown was dating Nick Gordon, and the trio soon began living together as roommates in Roswell, Georgia. By Lomas' account, he and the couple were "pretty bad into drugs," and Gordon and Brown fought on a regular basis, "mostly about jealousy."

Lomas also claimed that Gordon was abusive towards Brown, a statement that has been decried by Gordon's lawyers.

On January 31, 2015, Lomas found Brown floating face down in a bathtub in the trio's townhouse. "I saw the color of her face and that she wasn't breathing. I called for Nick and called 911," he stated.

Gordon was subsequently blamed for Brown's death by her family, who served him with a $40 million civil lawsuit over the alleged abuse. In 2016, he was found liable for Brown's death and ordered to pay $36 million to her estate.

As People noted, no charges were filed against Lomas, who told the publication in 2016 that he was sober and no longer friends with Gordon.

"I'm in utter disbelief because I knew he had gone and gotten help in Mississippi," said Garry Grace, a friend of both Lomas and Gordon, to People on August 17. "I didn't have to worry about him because I knew he was safe."

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites. 

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