ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News has learned the former boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown has died.
ABC News has obtained a statement from Nick Gordon’s brother, Jack Walker, saying:
“We are devastated by the loss of my beautiful brother. He leaves a void in the hearts of my family and his friends, Nick’s battle in life was not an easy one. I will be forever grateful that my God afforded a small moment at the very end of Nick’s life and I was able to hold his hand as he journeyed on.”
In a statement to Channel 2 Action News, Gordon’s attorney, Randall M. Kessler, said: “My heart sunk when I heard the news. This is a tragic ending to Nick’s troubled life.”
Another one of Gordon’s attorneys, Joe S. Habachy, said in a statement:
“My heart is heavy today after learning that my long time client Nick Gordon died at the young age of thirty. While I cannot speak to the specific circumstances of his death, I can say that it’s been truly heartbreaking to have witnessed first hand the total devastation that drug addiction has wreaked upon a group of young friends, all of whom were loved and had immense potential. Despite all of the incredible challenges Nick faced over the last few years I can honestly say that he worked hard to hold his head up and stay sober and that he genuinely wanted a happy healthy life with his family more than anything else. 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.”
We are working to learn his cause of death.
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Gordon’s death comes nearly five years after Brown’s, who was the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
Houston brought Gordon into her household as an orphan at the age of 12, raising him and her daughter after divorcing Bobby Brown in 2007.
Gordon wore a large tattoo of Houston’s face on his arm and called the singer “mom,” but she never fully adopted him or included him in the will.
After Houston’s death, Gordon and Bobbi Kristina went public with their romance.
Gordan and a friend told police they found Bobbi Kristina unconscious in the bathtub of her Sandy Springs home in 2015 and started CPR. A lawsuit claims Gordon was the one who placed her there.
Throughout the investigation into Bobbi Kristina’s death, Gordon remained a controversial figure.
A lawsuit filed against Gordon in Fulton County Court accused him of giving Bobbi Kristina a “toxic cocktail” and then placing her facedown in a bathtub the day of Brown’s death.
An amendment to the lawsuit claims Gordon returned home Jan. 31 “from being out all night on a cocaine and drinking binge.”
The suit goes on to say Gordon watched video footage of Bobbi Kristina inside the home and listened to her conversations. The two then got into a “loud argument,” during which Gordon accused her of cheating.
That’s when, the lawsuit alleges, Gordon gave Bobbi Kristina the cocktail and placed her facedown “in a tub of cold water, causing her to suffer brain damage.”
Gordon was never charged in the case, but in September 2016, a judge found Gordon was the “responsible party” for the death of Bobbi Kristina.
Six months after Bobbi Kristina died, a medical examiner’s report said Bobbi Kristina died after her face was immersed in water, complicated by a mixed drug interaction.
Tests found marijuana, cocaine and morphine in her system.
Her manner of death remains “undetermined” because investigators can’t conclusively say whether the death was an accident or intentional.
While Bobbi Kristina remained hospitalized, Gordon attempted to visit her but was turned away by the Brown family.
Gordon had been living in Florida since shortly after Bobbi Kristina’s death. He was 30 years old.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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