Yesterday the world learned of the passing of Bobbi Kristina Brown. She was 22.
The daughter of the late superstar Whitney Houston, had been found unresponsive in her bathtub on January 31 at her Roswell, Georgia home—nearly three years to the day after her mother accidentally drowned in a Beverly Hills Hotel bathtub. Brown was immediately brought to North Fulton Hospital where she was put on a ventilator to assist her breathing then later to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta where she was placed in a medically induced coma. Two months later, the troubled 22-year-old was brought to a rehabilitation center until June 24 when she was sent to a hospice center and remained until the time of her death.
“Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has continued to deteriorate,” Pat Houston told ET in a statement that day. “We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now.”
On Sunday, July 26, Brown died surrounded by her family, at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia.
“She is finally at peace in the arms of God,” the Houston family said in statement to ET. “We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”
Although much of what occurred before authorities entered Brown’s home on January 31 is still unknown, it was confirmed that she had been involved in a car crash just four days before. Brown crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle when her Jeep Liberty blew a tire and she lost control. Both Brown and her friend were hospitalized with serious injuries.
On January 31, Nick Gordon, Brown’s boyfriend, had found Krissy—as she was known by friends and family–and their friend, Max Lomas, faced down and unconscious in her bathtub.
Lisa Holland, a spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department, said Brown was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation until rescuers arrived. A police statement said Gordon “started CPR and a police officer took over lifesaving measures until an ambulance arrived.”
From her admittance into North Fulton Hospital and on, Gordon had been barred by Bobbi Kristina’s family from her hospital bed over the last six months which resulted in a war of tweets. Gordon had entered rehab then moved to Florida to be with his mother, Michele Gordon, after falling apart during a TV interview with Dr. Phil where Gordon wept about his girlfriend and appeared to be heavily intoxicated.
Today Gordon released a statement in response to Bobbi Kristina’s death through one of his lawyers, Jose Baez, and his mother:
“The passing of Bobbi Kristina is devastating to Nick and our family,” Michele Gordon said in the statement. “Nick loved and cared for Krissi deeply, and he has suffered greatly each and every day they’ve been apart. Nick and our family are in mourning, and we ask that you respect our privacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with both the Houstons and the Browns during this difficult time.”
Although it is still unclear what happened to Bobbi Kristina and why, police have continued investigating the circumstances but have not announced their findings nor charged anyone with anything.
In late June, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said he had the police case file and was reviewing it with “greater interest” given the move to hospice. A spokeswoman for Howard said Monday the case was still open and under investigation.
Still, the conservator for Bobbi Kristina has filed a lawsuit against Gordon, accusing him of physically abusing Brown the day she was found and stealing $11,000 from her account afterward.
What happened to Bobbi Kristina in the early hours of January 31 may never be known and her potential for greatness, as well. Just days before she was hospitalized, Bobbi Kristina was still tweeting about food, working out and spending late nights in the studio to work on new music.
Similar to her late iconic mother, Bobbi Kristina sought to follow Whitney’s footsteps and pursue a career in music. Still, another eery similarity between mother and daughter is the way in which they died; with both passings appearing strikingly similar in that each was found faced down and unresponsive in a bathtub.
Whitney and Kristen were very close to one another, making the former’s passing all the more difficult to handle for Brown. During a March 2012 interview with Oprah Winfrey shortly after Houston’s death, Brown recalled, “She’d [Whitney] always ask me, ‘Do you need me? Do you need me?’I caught myself one day. … Out of nowhere, I said, ‘I always need you.'”
Bobbi Kristina’s passing comes as a deeply tragic shock to us all.
“It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully,” said a statement posted to Whitney Houston’s Facebook page. “The family thanks everyone for their loving thoughts and prayers. As Bobbi Kristina would say: ‘The wind is behind me and the sun is in my face.’ ”
Rest in Peace, Bobbi Kristina.