Whitney Houston is on a lot of people’s minds this week after it was confirmed that a hologram bearing her image and likeness will be performing around the U.S. soon, and now there’s news about her daughter’s tragic death.
Bobbi Kristina Brown died in July after being in a coma since January, when she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her home. Speculation into her condition has run rampant online and in the media, especially after Brown’s father, Bobby, became very vocal about his belief that her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, had something to do with it. While charges have not been filed against Gordon, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that they know exactly how Bobbi Kristina died and that a judge has ordered the files to be sealed pending criminal charges.
Gordon appeared in several interviews following Bobbi Kristina’s hospitalization to deny that he had anything to do with her condition, but in March — after he spoke with Dr. Phil and appeared to be under the influence of something — he entered a rehab facility. He reportedly left in April, and was not allowed to see Bobbi Kristina.
Friends of the 22-year-old have allegedly blamed a “bad batch of heroin” for her death, but that has not been confirmed, and with the reported bad blood between the Brown and Houston families, the case has been muddied by rumors and accusations.
While a lawsuit has been filed against Gordon by Bobbi Kristina’s estate, alleging that he physically abused her, took money from her bank account unlawfully, and contributed to her wrongful death, it’s not clear whether the criminal investigation will point at Gordon once charges are announced.
“We will leave no stone unturned in seeking justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown,” said Brown’s conservator, Bedelia Hargrove.
Meanwhile, fans of Whitney Houston share mixed feelings about the possibility of a hologram bearing her likeness, with some excited at the thought of being able to see a Houston performance once more and others saying it feels disrespectful. Whitney’s sister-in-law, Pat, who presides over Houston’s estate, made the decision to work out a deal for the technology, which will feature Houston at live venues and streaming online.
“It is a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come.”
Pat Houston’s motives have been questioned with the deal — which hasn’t worked out a venue or dates yet — due to the timing. Houston has reportedly been accused of using Whitney and Bobbi Kristina’s deaths to fund her foundation, which has allegedly not filed a tax return in a number of years.
Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA, says Pat Houston has approached the project with nothing but respect.
“The show will not just be Whitney comes on, sings and gets off. The narrative will document parts of her life, her achievements and celebrate Whitney. These deals we make are really predicated on working really close with the estates… the musical arrangement, the choreography right down to the lighting and the design will be done with the original artists and original technicians and composers who worked with Whitney in the past so as to maintain absolute authenticity,” David said, adding, “Pat has been really professional and pragmatic, but also she has clearly demonstrated her sensitivity over the past two years in the way in which she’s engaged with us.”
The shows will reportedly take some more time to put together, but a projected start time has been estimated for 2016.
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