Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston, was apparently on the cusp of launching a music career in January 2015.
“Let’s start this career up and moving OUT to TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???” she exulted in a social media post.
It was not to be.
Roswell police officers were called to her home on Riverbend Manor, in the gated Ellard subdivision, the morning of Jan. 31, 2015 and found her unresponsive in the bathtub. She was initially rushed to North Fulton Hospital. She was then transferred to Emory University hospital, then a long-term care facility and then finally, hospice care.
Nick Gordon, the boyfriend she sometimes referred to as her “husband,” would later be found “legally responsible” in a civil suit. No criminal charges were filed.
Gordon has died at 30. He had been living in Florida in recent years and “worked hard to hold his head up and stay sober and that he genuinely wanted a happy healthy life with his family more than anything else,” his lawyer said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Bobbi Kristina’s medical emergency, lengthy hospital stay and eventual death generated a massive outpouring of sorrow, support and headlines.
Tyler Perry, an indispensable family friend to the Houston-Brown family in times of crisis, visited Bobbi Kristina in her final days.
In 2012, Perry arranged for Houston’s remains to be transported via his private plane from California to New Jersey. He then eulogized the late Houston at her funeral.
"Whitney Houston loved the Lord. I know nothing separated her from the love of God,” he said that day. “God was for her, and she is resting, singing with the angels. God bless you, Whitney. We love you so much.”
About three years later, on July 26, 2015, the family announced Bobbi Kristina’s death. She was 22.
“Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully,” a statement said. “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.’”
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