A statement issued Tuesday on behalf Bobbi Kristina Brown's companion Nick Gordon says her death was "was an accident... or even a suicide, but not a murder," and seeks an end to the specter of possible legal or criminal proceedings involving him.
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No criminal charges have been filed, but civil litigation filed last year against Nick by Bobbi Kristina's estate listed damning allegations of physical harm and financial impropriety. Nick's legal team lashed out swiftly in seeking a dismissal, noting the absence of police/medical reports or other evidence backing the claims.
Here's the statement issued Tuesday:
"Nick Gordon's life has been tumultuous since January of 2015 when he lost the love of his life. On top of being prohibited from visiting Bobbi Kristina at the hospital for the last six months of her life, Nick has been publicly humiliated for more than a year. And throughout that time, the Fulton County District Attorney's office has tried to make Nick a murderer despite having clear and convincing evidence that Bobbi Kristina's death was nothing more than a tragic accident, evidence that the District Attorney's office fought to seal and conceal from the public rather than allowing her fans to know the truth.
The truth is that Nick tried to save Bobbi Kristina's life. The truth is that Nick cooperated with law enforcement since day one. The truth is that no one loved Bobbi Kristina more than Nick and no one has suffered more as a result of her death then Nick.
The Fulton County District attorney's office even now continues to suggest that there is an ongoing investigation. However, at the recent hearing regarding unsealing the autopsy report, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk repeatedly reiterated that the Fulton County District Attorney's Office has had thirteen months to investigate. By failing to acknowledge that there is simply no evidence of any wrongdoing, they have in essence helped feed the slanderous media frenzy regarding Nick Gordon. Frankly, the right thing for the District Attorney's office to do right now is to tell the public the truth... that this was an accident... or even a suicide, but not a murder. And the right thing for everyone to do is let Nick live his life now and let Bobbi Kristina rest in peace."
Fulton DA Paul Howard declined to comment.
The recently released autopsy findings aren't entirely conclusive. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office found the presence of “marijuana, alcohol (ethanol), benzoylecgonine (a cocaine-related substance), benzodiazepines (medications used for sedation or to treat anxiety), and morphine” during its investigation. It ruled that her cause of death was “immersion in water and drug intoxication.”
Her body was scarred and missing teeth, the report also noted.
Investigators don’t know how Bobbi Kristina ended up in a bathtub, and investigators aren't able to answer all questions surrounding her demise.
“Death was clearly not due to natural causes, but the medical examiner has not been able to determine whether death was due to intentional or accidental causes, and has therefore classified the manner of death as Undetermined,” the Medical Examiner’s statement concluded.
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