How did Bobbi Kristina Brown die? Tragic tale of Bobby Brown's daughter found unconscious with high cocaine levels
The coroner cited drowning as Kristina's cause of death besides stating that she had toxic levels of cocaine and alcohol in her system
Singer Bobby Brown has lost another child. The artiste's 28-year-old son, Bobby Jr, died on Wednesday, November 18. Law enforcement authorities have stated that Brown Jr was found dead when they responded to a medical emergency call. It's another horrific catastrophe that has happened to the Brown family in the past few years. In 2015, Bobby Jr's half-sister, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died when she was just 22. She was found lifeless in the bathtub of her Georgia home.
Kristina was on life support for many months before she passed away on July 26, 2015. The coroner cited drowning as Kristina's cause of death besides stating that she had toxic levels of cocaine and alcohol in her system. Born on March 4, 1993, Kristina was the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. She gained a lot of public attention when she appeared in the reality show, 'Being Bobby Brown'. She was just 14 when Houston and Brown divorced. In 2012, when Houston died, she was the sole beneficiary of her mother's whopping estate.
In October 2012, Kristina announced her engagement to her close family friend, Nick Gordon, who was brought home by Houston when he was just 12 and an orphan. Gordon wore a large tattoo of Houston's face on his arm and called the singer "mom", but she never adopted him or included him in her will. The engagement sparked controversy within the family as Kristina earlier referred to Gordon as her "brother" and her grandmother labeled their relationship as "incestuous" when they were initially dating. On January 9, 2014, the couple announced that they tied the knot.
On January 31, 2015, Gordon and a friend found her face down in a bathtub in her Georgia home. In no time they began CPR until the emergency medical services arrived. According to the report, she was alive and was breathing when taken to the North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia. At the hospital, she went into an induced coma and her brain function was reported "significantly diminished". Kristina's family was told that her recovery would be "a miracle". After struggling for almost six months, Kristina died on July 26, 2015, when she was just 22. The initial autopsy found no "obvious underlying cause of death and no significant injuries", and the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said more tests were forthcoming.
An NBC report, dated July 27, 2015, stated: "Brown's conservator sued Nick Gordon who has been described as Brown's boyfriend and husband, an attachment her family denies — for $10 million, accusing him of having physically abused Brown and having improperly withdrawn $11,000 from her bank account after she was in a coma." Brown's family accused Gordon, blaming him in the lawsuit of giving her a “toxic cocktail” before putting her face-down in the water.
The final report, released on what would have been Brown's 23rd birthday, said that she had died of "lobar pneumonia" which happened due to her face being drowned “in water complicating mixed drug intoxication”, along with “Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy” which is brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen. "The underlying cause of death is the condition which starts the downhill course of events leading to death and in this case, is the immersion associated with drug intoxication," the statement from the Fulton County Medical Examiner said.
Gordon was sued by the Brown family for Kristina's death and was ordered to pay $36 million in compensation. The judgment was broken down as $1,500 to cover the money that Gordon took from their checking account, $250,000 in punitive damages, $1.4 million for assault and battery, $13.8 million for pain and suffering, $4.2 million in punitive damages and $15 million for present value of life. The lawsuit originally sought $50 million. On January 1, 2020, when Gordon, 30, was found dead due to heroin overdose in Florida. At the time of the death, Kristina's net worth was $20 million, while Gordon was having a debt of $36 million when he died.