In an interview with ABC News, Bobby Brown broke down in tears and expressed his feelings about the deaths of his daughter Bobbi Kristina and ex-wife, Whitney Houston. As reported by ET Online via MSN, during the first sit-down interview since his daughter’s death last July, Bobby Brown talked about how Bobbi Kristina’s death bears a strong resemblance to her mother’s. Sitting down with Robin Roberts, the singer told the Good Morning America anchor that “the same thing that happened to my daughter, it happened to Whitney,” and he also said that “the hardest thing I had to do in my life was tell my daughter to let go.”
“My baby’s gone. I thank God I’m still here,” the former frontman of the R&B and pop group New Edition was quoted as saying.
Bobbi Kristina Brown died on July 26, 2015, six months after being found unconscious in the bathtub of her home in Georgia. According to a statement from the Fulton County Medical Examiner, Brown died from Lobar pneumonia, caused by Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and water immersion combined with mixed drug intoxication. According to People magazine, marijuana, alcohol, “a cocaine-related substance,” sedative and anti-anxiety medications and morphine were found in her system. However, the medical examiner’s office in Atlanta said the test could not indicate whether the morphine was the result of heroin use.
It has been almost a year since the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. Bobbi Kristina had been greatly affected by the sudden passing of her mother, whose death occurred in 2012. Shortly after learning of her mother’s death, the then 18-year-old had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital, where she was treated for stress and anxiety.
She was with her mother in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 2012, when the singer was found dead in a hotel bathtub. Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the day before the Grammy Awards. The 48-year-old singer’s death was caused by accidental drowning, but heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors, according to coroner’s officials. CBS News reported that Houston had cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril, and Benadryl in her system when she died.
In a preview of the interview, to be broadcast next week, Bobby Brown was moved to tears when talking about his daughter and ex-wife’s death, indicating that both were found unresponsive in a bathtub. After his daughter was transferred to hospice care in June, Bobby Brown continued to hold onto hope that his daughter would pull through.
“We prayed and hoped for six months for something better to happen,” Bobby told hosts for the daytime talk show, The Real. “But when God calls you, he calls you.” He continued, “I’m pretty sure her mother [Whitney Houston] was…had a part with like, ‘Come on, let’s get her up here’ in the best way possible. She was not comfortable by herself I guess and she just called my daughter with her.”
Bobby and Whitney were married for 15 years and during their time together, Houston and Brown’s relationship was often described as being tumultuous and sometimes violent.
“He was my drug,” Houston told Oprah Winfrey in a widely publicized 2009 interview. “I didn’t do anything without him. I wasn’t getting high by myself. It was me and him together, and we were partners, and that’s what my high was—him. He and I being together, and whatever we did, we did it together. No matter what, we did it together.”
Bobby Brown’s full interview with Robin Roberts will be broadcast on ABC on June 7.
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