Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown died on Sunday, her family confirmed in a statement to NBC News. She was 22. Brown had been unresponsive since she was found in a bathtub in suburban Atlanta on Jan. 31, on a date that fell near the third anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death, and her family had revealed that she suffered irreversible brain damage. (Houston was found dead in a bathtub in Los Angeles.) Brown was moved to a hospice facility last month.
It’s not clear what caused Brown to lose consciousness the day she was found, though reports indicate she had problems with substance abuse. She was discovered in the bathtub by the man she’d referred to as her husband, Nick Gordon, who was raised by Houston after the age of 12. Their relationship had become a source of controversy after Houston’s death, but Brown reacted to the criticism with defiance, proclaiming on Facebook that Gordon was not her adopted brother and that Houston would not have disapproved of their involvement. Gordon was never legally married to Brown, according to her father. The conservator of Brown’s estate has filed a lawsuit against Gordon alleging that he physically abused Brown and stole from her bank accounts.
Brown’s family said in their statement that she was “finally at peace in the arms of God.”