Bobbi Kristina Brown “Finally at Rest”

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston, has died.

Under eerily similar circumstances to her mother’s death, Brown was found unresponsive in a bath tub at her Roswell, GA home on Jan. 31. Although CPR was performed by her friend Maxwell Lomas and her financé, Nick Gordon, Brown had to be put in a medically induced coma at the hospital. An unsuccessful attempt to reverse the coma at the end of February lead to severe seizures.

Bobbi Kristina was ultimately transferred to a long-term care facility and then to a hospice facility June 24. Despite conflicting reports, Brown never regained consciousness.

The news of her death was made in a statement to People magazine:

“Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26, 2015, 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 Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown. Houston died nearly 3 years earlier. The LA Coroner ruled Whitney Houston‘s death as an accidental drowning, but listed heart disease as a contributing factor and also noted that the singer had cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl in her system at the time of her death.

During her hospitalization, Bobbi Kristina’s family, including her father, grandmother Cissy Houston, and other family members kept a vigil at her bedside. A source told People:

“They sing to her and talk to her. They just want her to feel that they are there by her side. They hold her hand a lot and pray with her too – even if she doesn’t know that they are there. In spirit, she knows. They have always tried to be there for her.”

An autopsy will be performed, as is required in cases of known or suspected non-natural deaths,  but results may take quite some time. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office says that the “time which has elapsed between the initial event on January 31st and her resulting death will complicate reconstruction of the events surrounding her initial unresponsiveness.” The ME’s office went on to say:

“Interpretation of autopsy findings and other information will also be challenging. However, an autopsy could be helpful to address questions which may arise about the cause of her unresponsiveness and eventual death.”


Preliminary autopsy results did not find any obvious cause of death. The final autopsy will take several weeks to complete.

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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