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Bobbi Kristina Brown
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Brown performing on Good Morning America on September 2, 2009
Born(1993-03-04)March 4, 1993
DiedJuly 26, 2015(2015-07-26) (aged 22)
Cause of death Lobar pneumonia induced by immersion
Resting place Fairview Cemetery
Westfield, New Jersey, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Other namesKrissy; Bobbi Kris
OccupationReality television personality, actress, singer
Years active1998–2015
Partner(s)Nick Gordon (2012–15; her death)
Parent(s) Bobby Brown
Whitney Houston
Relatives

Bobbi Kristina Brown (March 4, 1993 – July 26, 2015) was an American reality television personality, media personality, and singer. She was the daughter of singers Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. Her parents' fame kept Bobbi Kristina in the public eye, including her appearances on the reality show Being Bobby Brown . Brown was 14 when her parents divorced and Houston gained custody. [1] When Houston died in February 2012, Brown was the sole beneficiary of her mother's estate.

Reality television genre of television programming that documents unscripted situations and actual occurrences

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Bobby Brown American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and dancer from Massachusetts

Robert Barisford Brown is an American singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, dancer and actor. Brown started his career in the R&B and pop group New Edition, from its inception in 1978 until his exit from the group in 1985. Starting a solo career, he enjoyed success with his second album in 1988, Don't Be Cruel, which spawned a number of hit singles including the self-penned "My Prerogative", and the Grammy Award–winning "Every Little Step". Brown had a string of top ten hits on various Billboard charts between 1986 and 1993. Brown, alongside frequent collaborator Teddy Riley, is noted as a pioneer of new jack swing; a fusion of hip-hop and R&B. His other hits include, "Don't Be Cruel", "Roni", "Rock Wit'cha", "On Our Own", "Humpin' Around", "She Ain't Worth It" and "Something in Common".

Whitney Houston American singer, actress, model, and record producer

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts—as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know"—influenced several African-American women artists who followed in her footsteps.

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That October, Brown caused controversy within both of her parents' families when she announced her engagement to Nick Gordon, a man she previously considered her "big brother". When the couple announced they were married, her father's lawyer released a statement disputing the report.

Brown died from lobar pneumonia on July 26, 2015, after being in a coma for nearly six months. [2]

Lobar pneumonia

Lobar pneumonia is a form of pneumonia characterized by inflammatory exudate within the intra-alveolar space resulting in consolidation that affects a large and continuous area of the lobe of a lung.

Early life

Bobbi Kristina Brown was born on March 4, 1993 in Livingston, New Jersey to singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. [3] Brown's family includes maternal grandmother Cissy Houston of The Drinkard Singers. Her mother's cousins are Dee Dee Warwick; Dionne Warwick, mother of Damon Elliott; [4] and Leontyne Price. [5] Her uncle is Gary Garland, her mother's half-brother. [4] Through her father, Brown had six half-siblings: Landon, La'Princia, Robert "Bobby" Jr., Cassius, [6] Bodhi, [7] and Estelle. Her godmother was gospel singer CeCe Winans. [8]

Livingston, New Jersey Township in New Jersey, United States

Livingston is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 29,366, reflecting an increase of 1,975 (+7.2%) from the 27,391 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 782 (+2.9%) from the 26,609 counted in the 1990 Census.

Cissy Houston American singer

Emily "Cissy" Houston is an American soul and gospel singer. After a successful career singing backup for such artists as Roy Hamilton, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, Houston embarked on a solo career, winning two Grammy Awards for her work. Houston is the mother of singer Whitney Houston, grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown, aunt of singers Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and a cousin of opera singer Leontyne Price.

The Drinkard Singers were an American gospel singing group, most successful in the late 1950s and important in the careers of singers Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee Warwick, and Judy Clay.

Brown's childhood was characterized by the media as difficult because of her parents' drug problems, the presence of paparazzi, and domestic violence issues. [9] She was brought into the spotlight at age one in 1994, when her mother accepted an American Music Award while holding her onstage. Her vocals were featured in her mother's 1998 song, "My Love Is Your Love," for her album of the same title. When her mother brought her to the recording studio and held her up to the microphone, she said "Sing, mommy.", which can be heard during the first verse of the song. She can also be heard saying "Clap your hands!" at the end of the track. Brown was featured in her mother's 2003 Christmas album titled One Wish: The Holiday Album in her mother's version of "The Little Drummer Boy". When Brown's parents divorced in 2007, her mother was awarded custody, while her father received visitation rights. [10] [11]

Paparazzi profession

Paparazzi are independent photographers who take pictures of high-profile people, such as actors, athletes, politicians, and other celebrities, typically while subjects go about their usual life routines. Paparazzi tend to make a living by selling their photographs to media outlets that focus on tabloid journalism and sensationalism.

Domestic violence pattern of behavior which involves the abuse by one partner against another

Domestic violence is violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. It may be termed intimate partner violence when committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner, and can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or between former spouses or partners. Domestic violence can also involve violence against children, parents, or the elderly. It takes a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive, and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse such as choking, beating, female genital mutilation, and acid throwing that results in disfigurement or death. Domestic murders include stoning, bride burning, honor killings, and dowry deaths.

The 21st Annual American Music Awards were held on February 7, 1994, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year 1993.

Adult life

Brown's mother died at age 48 in a hotel bathtub in 2012 from what was later ruled an accidental drowning with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. [12] Brown was described as "inconsolable" and a few days later was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles; according to a family friend, Brown was "overwhelmed". [13] [14] The month after Whitney Houston's death, in March 2012, Brown said that she felt her mother's spirit, and Brown expressed her intent to carry on her mother's legacy by doing the "singing thing," along with starting a career as an actor and dancer. [15]

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Hospital in California, United States

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a non-profit, tertiary 958-bed hospital and multi-specialty academic health science center located in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Part of the Cedars-Sinai Health System, the hospital employs a staff of over 2,000 physicians and 10,000 employees. A team of 2,000 volunteers and more than 40 community groups support.

In accordance with her mother's will, Brown was the beneficiary of Houston's entire estate including clothing, jewelry, cars, personal effects, and furniture. [16] The will also provided for Brown to receive trust fund payments in installments until she reached age 30, after which time she was to receive the remainder of Houston's $115-million estate. [17] After her mother's death, Brown was taken care of by her aunt Pat Houston and her husband Gary Garland.[ citation needed ]

United States dollar Currency of the United States of America

The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States and its territories per the United States Constitution since 1792. In practice, the dollar is divided into 100 smaller cent (¢) units, but is occasionally divided into 1000 mills (₥) for accounting. The circulating paper money consists of Federal Reserve Notes that are denominated in United States dollars.

Gary Joseph Houston is a retired American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season with the Nuggets (1979–80). Garland studied at DePaul University. He is the son of gospel singer Cissy Houston, and the half-brother of Michael Houston and Whitney Houston. He was the uncle of Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney's daughter with Bobby Brown. Garland himself has performed as a singer.

In October 2012, Brown announced her engagement to Nick Gordon, a close family friend who had come to live in the Houston household when he was 12 years old. [18] The announcement caused controversy within the family; [19] [lower-alpha 1] before making their romantic involvement known, Brown had referred to Gordon as her "big brother". [21] Brown's grandmother, Cissy Houston, had called the relationship "incestuous" when they were initially dating; [22] however, Brown said the couple received her grandmother's blessing prior to their engagement. [23] In early 2014, Brown and Gordon announced they had married on January 9 of that year. [24] Bobby Brown's lawyer said in a statement in early 2015, "Bobbi Kristina is not and has never been married to Nick Gordon". [10]

Brown was critical of director Angela Bassett after learning she had not been cast as her mother in the Lifetime biographical movie Whitney based on Houston's life. In response, Bassett stated that she did not cast Brown "for a number of reasons...she's not an actress, and acting is a craft." [25] Brown later apologized to Bassett on Twitter after generating controversy amongst fans. [26]

Throughout her teenage and adult years, Brown was the focus of tabloid and gossip column speculation, including stories about her purported drug use, her weight loss, and her relationships with family members. [27] [28] [29]

Coma and death

On January 31, 2015, Gordon and a friend found Brown face down in a bathtub in her Alpharetta, Georgia home. [30] Gordon began CPR until emergency medical services personnel arrived. According to a police spokesperson, Brown was alive and breathing after being transported to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia. [14] At first, they found no evidence to indicate the incident was caused by drugs or alcohol, but this would later be disputed. [31] Doctors placed Brown in an induced coma after determining her brain function was "significantly diminished" and her family was told meaningful recovery would be "a miracle". [32]

On February 2, Brown was moved to Emory University Hospital, where she remained in a coma and on a medical ventilator. Her family said Brown had briefly opened her eyes, but a medical expert commented, "Blinking her eyes doesn't mean she's out of the woods." [33]

Despite media reports stating Brown was brain dead and had been taken off life support, her family denied the claims on February 5, after having asked for privacy earlier in the week. [34] In late February, she was briefly taken out of the coma, but it was reinduced after she suffered seizures. [35]

During a radio interview on March 25, 2015, Brown's grandmother, Cissy Houston said Brown's condition remained the same and that there was "still not a great deal of hope. We're praying." [36] Brown was moved to an Atlanta rehabilitation facility in March 2015. [37] After Bobby Brown told concertgoers in April that his daughter was "awake", Cissy released a statement saying her granddaughter was no longer in a coma, but remained unresponsive. Doctors said Brown had "global and irreversible brain damage". [38]

In June 2015, Bobby Brown arranged to have his daughter flown to Chicago to be seen by specialists, only to be told that nothing could be done. [39] She was flown back to Atlanta, and moved to Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia, on June 24. [40] Her aunt, Pat Houston, stated that Bobbi Kristina's condition had continued to deteriorate. [41]

Brown died in hospice care on July 26, 2015, at the age of 22. The initial autopsy found no "obvious underlying cause of death and no significant injuries", and the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said more tests were forthcoming. [42] A statement released by the family thanked "everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months". [30] Several prominent celebrities offered their condolences, including Chris Brown, [43] Oprah Winfrey, [44] and Whitney Houston protegées Brandy and Monica. Funeral services were held August 1, 2015, at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. [45] Brown was buried two days later next to her mother at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. [46]

Autopsy report

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office announced on September 25, 2015, that it had "classified the cause and manner of Bobbi Kristina Brown's death", while citing a Superior Court order that prevented the office from releasing any details to the public. The findings were provided to the Fulton County District Attorney and to Roswell Police. [47]

On March 3, 2016, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk granted a motion, requested by local media, to unseal the autopsy report on Brown's death. [48] In doing so, the judge noted that "13 months have gone by, and I don't think there is any thing particularly earth shattering in the report. ... Privacy interest does not exist to the deceased". [49]

The Medical Examiner's office stated they would release the report upon official receipt of the granted motion, [49] and gave an initial statement on March 3, 2016. The office indicated that it used both medical records and police investigative files to arrive at a determination.

Music

Brown speaks and sings on some of her mother's recordings and televised performances, as well as on a television show after her mother's death.

Performances and releases
YearSongAlbumNotes
1998"My Love Is Your Love" My Love is Your Love Uncredited spoken comments during the first verse and closing of the song
1998"My Love Is Your Love"N/ALive duet with Whitney Houston on concert stage in Poland [51]
1999"My Love Is Your Love" VH1 Divas Live 1999: Whitney Houston (Live) – SingleLive duet with Whitney Houston featuring Treach at the Divas Live '99 concert [52]
2003"Little Drummer Boy" One Wish: The Holiday Album [53] Featured singer with Whitney Houston
2007"Family First"Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls" – Music Inspired By the FilmStudio recording with Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston, and Dionne Warwick
2009"My Love Is Your Love"N/ALive duet with Whitney Houston at the Good Morning America Concert in Central Park on September 1, 2009 [54]
2012"I'm Your Baby Tonight"N/APerformed on The Houstons: On Our Own [55]

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005 Being Bobby Brown [56] Herself
2009 The Oprah Winfrey Show [57] HerselfEpisode: "Whitney Houston"
2012 Oprah's Next Chapter [58] Herself
2012The 2012 Billboard Music Awards Herself
2012–2013 The Houstons: On Our Own [56] Herself
2012 Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse [59] Tina the receptionist [60]

Notes

  1. In April 2014, Marion "Pat" Houston—Whitney's sister-in-law—was granted a one-year restraining order against Gordon after claiming he had sent threatening photographs and messages. [20]

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