Bobbi Kristina Brown was, tragically, found unresponsive in a bathtub at the beginning of 2015. Like her late mother, Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s life would be lost as a result. Following the discovery of Bobbi Kristina in her Georgia home’s tub on January 31, the young woman spent six months wasting away slowly. She was comatose for six months. On July 22, 2015, Bobbi Kristina Brown died in hospice care.
She was only 22 years old at the time of her tragic death.
Almost immediately after the discovery of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s unconscious form in her home’s bathtub, her family and loved ones began pointing their collective fingers at her boyfriend, Nick Gordon. As Yahoo News reports, after Bobbi Kristina’s death, her estate’s conservator got involved in the situation and began to take legal matters into her own hands.
In August of 2015, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s conservator, Bedelia Hargrove, filed a $10 million civil lawsuit against Nick Gordon, citing the wrongful death of young Bobbi Kristina. According to Hargrove, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s former boyfriend physically abused the young woman. The lawsuit also alleged that Gordon had been stealing money from the late Bobbi Kristina, the only biological child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, to the tune of thousands of dollars.
In a later amendment to to the civil wrongful death lawsuit filed against Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s legal representatives added that Gordon was directly and willfully responsible for the untimely death of Bobbi Kristina. The amendment to the suit stated that Gordon had given Bobbi Kristina a “toxic cocktail, rendering her unconscious and then put her face down in a tub of cold water causing her to suffer brain damage.”
The official cause of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death, reports CNN, was pneumonia, which was reportedly contributed to by drug intoxication and having her face submerged in the water. Bobbi Kristina, when she was found unconscious, was discovered to have a wide array of drugs in her system, including morphine, alcohol, marijuana, something similar to cocaine, and prescription anxiety medication. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office was unable to determine if her death was accidental or deliberate.
This week, however, a judge from the Fulton County Superior Court found Nick Gordon “legally responsible” for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death. However, possibly not in as decisive a manner as her loved ones had hoped. That’s because the ruling against Gordon, the ruling that found him legally responsible for the untimely and tragic death of Bobbi Kristina, had nothing to do with the facts of the case. It was, rather, a default ruling.
Nick Gordon was found legally responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown because he didn’t show up for court — twice in a row. The judge ultimately deemed Bobbi Kristina’s ex-boyfriend to be in contempt of court and ruled against him. Now, all that’s left for Gordon is a hearing to determine his financial responsibility to the family.
It could be as much as the $10 million asked for by Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate conservator. According to an attorney for Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina’s famous and infamous father, damages will be determined later this year, possibly with the help of a jury.
“The only issue now is damages, which will likely be tried before a jury, possibly in November.”
The family of Bobbi Kristina Brown has vowed to aggressively pursue the collection of any damages they are awarded by the court, in an attempt to get some semblance of justice for the deceased Bobbi Kristina.
Bobby Brown also sent out a sweet tribute to his daughter following the ruling in the wrongful death civil suit that was filed on her behalf.
While Nick Gordon has now been found civilly liable in the death of his girlfriend, Bobbi Kristina, he has never been criminally charged in connection with the case. Reportedly, Gordon has refused to respond to media questions or requests for comments regarding this week’s ruling against him in the case of the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown.
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