Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of legendary entertainers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has died at the age of 22. The family confirmed the news in a statement to ET:
“She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”
On January 31, 2015, the younger Brown was found face down in a bathtub in her home in Georgia. Her husband, Nick Gordon and a friend called 911 and began performing CPR until an ambulance arrived. Once in the hospital, doctors were able to stabilize her condition, however numerous outlets reported that Brown was in a medically induced coma and had very little brain activity. While in the hospital, her father Bobby and family friend Tyler Perry kept vigil at her bedside.
On July 26, 2015, Bobbi Kristina Brown was pronounced dead at 22 years old by doctors at the Peachtree Christian Hospice where she had been moved on Wednesday, June 24 after spending months at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital. “Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, [her] condition has continued to detoriate,” Pat Houston said in a statement. “As of today, she has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now.”
Born on March 4, 1993, Bobbi’s mother, Whitney, said of her birth:
“Having Bobbi Kristina … I could never do anything that could top that. There’s been nothing more incredible in my life than having her. God knows, I have been in front of millions and millions of people, and that has been incredible, to feel that give-take thing. But, man, when I gave birth to her and when they put her in my arms, I thought: This has got to be it. This is the ultimate. I haven’t experienced anything greater.”
The public first got to know Bobbi when she was featured on her mother’s 1998 hit single “My Love Is Your Love”, adorably singing “clap your hands, clap your hands.” Bobbi even performed the song live in Germany with her mother, to the delight of thousands of screaming fans.
While growing up in the public eye brought undoubtedly exhilarating moments like the one above, it was not without its hardships. At just 18-years-old, Bobbi Kristina was in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., when upstairs in a suite, her mother was pronounced dead after being found submerged in water in a bathtub.
After hearing the news, Bobbi Kristina had to be rushed to Cedar Sinai Medical center on two occasions to be treated for stress and anxiety.
Later, in a 2012 episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, Bobbi Kristina opened up on how she was dealing with the loss of her mother, saying:
“I can sing her music, but to hear it now, I can’t. I can hear her voice telling me, ‘Keep moving, baby. I got you.’ She’s always with me. I can always feel her with me. She used to always say, ‘Do you need me?’ And I said, ‘I always need you.'”
She also spoke to Winfrey about her last day with her mother:
Later in 2012, the reality show The Houstons: On Our Own debuted on Lifetime to mixed reviews, with a great deal of attention being paid to Bobbi Kristina’s frequent drinking. Reviewing the show for Gawker, Rich Juzwiak wrote,”There is little indication that Bobbi Kristina is headed for anything but ruin, as the 19-year-old frequently drinks on camera, stumbles around like it’s more than alcohol that is inebriating her….”
In July of 2014, Bobbi Kristina again made headlines when it was announced that actress Yaya DaCosta had been cast to play Whitney Houston in a television biopic directed by Angela Bassett that aired on Lifetime. Bobbi Kristina had previously expressed interest in playing her mother on film, and didn’t take kindly to Bassett’s explanation as to why she wasn’t considered for the role.
Brown passed away today, surrounded by her father and many who loved her.
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