North Fulton County

Water, drugs led to Bobbi Kristina's death, medical examiner says

NORTH FULTON COUNTY — An autopsy report is shedding new light on what led to the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of singers Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston.

The report says Brown's death was definitely not from natural causes, but it couldn't say for certain whether she committed suicide or if someone else caused her death.




It's been 13 months since Roswell police found Brown's body submerged in a bathtub inside her Roswell townhome.

Six months after she passed away, a medical examiner's report says Brown died after her face was immersed in water, complicated by a mixed drug interaction.

Tests found marijuana, cocaine and morphine in her system.

But her manner of death remains "undetermined" because investigators can't conclusively say whether the death was an accident or intentional.

In a statement Brown's family attorney said they will continue efforts in their civil lawsuit and in the criminal investigation.

"Hopefully public indictments and prosecution will lead to private healing and closure," the statement said.

Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik showed the autopsy report to criminal defense attorney Lawrence Zimmerman, who is not associated with the case.

"Clearly, in my mind, this is what you'd consider an accidental death," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman told Petchenik he can't see how prosecutors could charge Nick Gordon, Brown's former boyfriend, with her death.

Brown’s family has accused Gordon of having something to do with her death.

"Unless they're going to say he bought her those drugs, gave them to her and then she (overdosed), maybe they can try to make that argument, but as it stands now, I don't see how Nick Gordon could be implicated in this. Stranger things have happened," Zimmerman said.

At a hearing Thursday, an assistant prosecutor referred to the case as a "murder investigation."

Channel 2 Action News has been trying to get clarification from the DA’s office about the comment but nobody has responded.

Nick Gordon's attorneys have not yet commented on the autopsy report.