Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late superstar Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, has died on Sunday, 26 July, 2015, after a six months struggle to live. She died at the age of 22.
On January 31, Brown was found unresponsive and not breathing in the bathtub at her Roswell home. She was immediately rushed to a hospital where she was placed in an induced coma and by June 24, she was moved to a hospice facility where she spent the last month of her life – three years to the day after her mother’s death.
The tragic part of this incident is that the circumstances that led to her death hold grim echoes of her mother’s death three years earlier. Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a tube in Beverly Hills. Paramedics arrived at approximately and performed CPR but pronounced her dead within the hour. She died at the age of 48 just before the Grammy Awards in 2012, being a victim of substance abuse – a vice she had fought for much of her career.
A family representative, Kristen Foster said in a statement:
“Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away surrounded by her family. 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.”
Bobbi Kristina was the only child of Houston and the singer Bobby Brown and was brought up in the glare of publicity around her parent’s often volatile marriage. After her mother’s death, she was pipped to follow her mother’s footsteps – a demand she obliged to. She told Oprah Winfrey shortly after her mother’s death in 2012 that she wanted to carry on her mother’s legacy by singing, acting and dancing. But unfortunately, that wish never came through as it was cut short by death.
True to her dreams, she made efforts to start-up a career for herself which was promising according to actor and producer Tyler Perry after she debuted on his TV show For Better or Worse in 2012, in just one episode. Two days before she was found face-down in the bathtub in January, it seemed like she was working on something positive. She tweeted this: “Let’s start this career up&&moving OUT to TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???!” But it’s not clear what projects she may have been working on and whatever it was won’t be completed now.
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She became social media sensation after she performed a duet on TV with her mother in 2009, singing My Love Is Your Love in New York’s Central Park, attracting 164,000 followers and sending more than 11,000 tweets. And aside from two ill-fated reality TV shows, the occasional paparazzi video and the selfies she posted online, much of the fame she enjoyed was not far-fetched from the legendary status of her mother, who was an impossible act to follow.
Whitney Houston, sold more than 50 million records in the United States alone during her career. Her voice, an ideal blend of power, grace and beauty, made classics out of songs like Saving All My Love For You, I Will Always Love You and The Greatest Love of All. She earned six Grammys and starred in the films The Bodyguard and The Preacher’s Wife.
Houston and Bobby Brown both struggled with substance abuse and divorced when their daughter was 14. Houston described their 15-year marriage, which ended in 2007, as “drug and alcohol fueled.” Bobbi Kristina appeared alongside both parents in 2005 on the Bravo reality show Being Bobby Brown, which captured her parents fighting, swearing and appearing in court.
Brown was joined in her grief by Nick Gordon, who was taken in by Houston when he was 12 years old and who was raised alongside Bobbi Kristina. Gordon and Brown became romantically involved after Houston’s death, and in 2013, Brown and Gordon announced their engagement, despite Gordon being her foster brother, insisting that her mother would have approved the relationship if she was alive.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s cousin Jerod Brown wrote a heartfelt song about how the 22-year-old struggled following her mum Whitney’s tragic death. His song included the lyrics: “Seems like world’s falling down, she feels like giving up, all these people around, she just don’t know who to trust.”