Bobby Brown, who fathered seven children with four women, lost two of his kids, including his daughter with Whitney Houston, to addiction.
Rapper Bobby Brown, who was married to singer Whitney Houston, recently lost another child to addiction. Brown, who fathered seven children with four women, lost two of his kids. They were in their 20s when addiction ended their lives. He lost Bobbi Kristina Brown, whom he shared with Houston, when she was only 22 and in November 2020, Bobby Jr., 28, died of overdose.
The 28-year-old's autopsy report revealed the cause of his death months after he passed away. The Los Angeles Police Department that released the autopsy and toxicology reports said that his death was the result of an accidental overdose of cocaine, fentanyl, and alcohol. The rapper's son was found dead in his home in Los Angeles on November 18. Authorities had responded to a call for a medical emergency, police spokesman Jeff Lee previously told CNN.
"Please keep my family in your prayers at this time," Brown, who shared his son with former girlfriend Kim Ward, said in a statement. "Losing my son at this point in our lives has devastated my family. There are no words to explain the pain," he added. His son's death was called accidental, according to TMZ.
The family further added that Bobby Jr. was experiencing flu-like symptoms before he passed away. However, he had not tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The 28-year-old's older brother, Landon, shared a photo of his sibling to honor him. "I love you forever King," he wrote.
His death is now a criminal investigation as it has raised many red flags with the police, according to TMZ. The police reportedly saw the death as a crime right from the beginning since narcotics, Percocet, and coke were involved. However, no drugs or related paraphernalia were found at the scene.
"These chemicals exerting their effects at the same time produced a dysfunction of the systems of the body which resulted in death," read the report, according to Us Weekly. The LAPD also added that he had "a medical history of alcohol abuse" and was "pronounced dead at the scene." The police interviewed multiple witnesses, including his girlfriend, Anna Reed.
Bobby Jr. was only 13 when he was on the family's 2005 reality show, Being Bobby Brown, along with his half-sister, Bobbi. He was known as an upcoming artist and had released his debut music single Say Something in September, according to USA Today.
The family has been beset with multiple tragedies, beginning with Houston's death in 2012. The singer's body contained traces of cocaine, marijuana, the allergy medicine Benadryl, the muscle relaxant Flexeril, and the anxiolytic Xanax, when she died, according to The Guardian. The police had found an open bottle of champagne, prescription drugs, and a small spoon with a "white crystal-like substance in it and a rolled-up piece of white paper."
Houston and Brown's daughter, Bobbi, also died because of narcotics in 2015. She was found in a similar situation as her mom, drowned in a bathtub in her Atlanta home. She was in a medically induced coma for five months. However, she didn't gain consciousness and died in July 2015. Five years later, in January 2020, her former boyfriend Nick Gordon, who was found "legally responsible" for her death, also died from a heroin overdose.
"He worked hard to hold his head up and stay sober and ... he genuinely wanted a happy healthy life with his family more than anything else," Gordon's attorney, Joe Habachy, said, as per CNN. "My heart goes out to the family and friends Nick leaves behind and to any other families dealing with the losses and heartache caused by drugs."
Houston had taken Gordon in when he was a child and he later developed a relationship with her daughter when she was a teen and he was in his mid-20s. He was found liable for her death in a civil case.
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