Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of singers Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home. The news is particularly chilling since it conjures up memories of how her mother died almost three years ago.
Police were called to the home on Saturday morning after Brown’s husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend found her face down. They immediately started CPR as they waited for help to arrive. According to the Roswell Police Department, rescue personnel began “life-saving measures” after they arrived at 10:25am. The 21-year-old began breathing on her own and was taken to North Fulton Hospital. CNN has reported that she is in a medically induced coma in an effort to control swelling in the brain.
After confirming reports that police responded to a fight at the residence on January 23, 2015 (nobody answered the door and responders found no evidence of an altercation), a police spokeswoman commented on the sad irony of the current situation and said: “her mother died in the very same manner.”
Life hasn’t been easy for the young woman who was born in 1993 while her parents were still married (they divorced in 2007). The instability and demise of their relationship was well-documented on the family’s reality show, Being Bobby Brown, during which it also became very clear that Bobbi and her mother were very close. They even performed Houston’s hit, “My Love is Your Love,” together in 2009 on Good Morning America.
As NBC News reported, Houston had struggled with substance abuse for years before her death with her career suffering and her behavior becoming increasingly erratic. Unfortunately, her life came to a sudden end on February 11, 2012 when Houston was found submerged in a bathtub in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton. It was determined that she had accidentally drowned but that heart disease and cocaine use contributed to her death.
In the months following her loss, Bobbi struggled to cope and was even briefly hospitalized and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center due to being “overwhelmed” by her grief. Not long after, her relationship with Nick Gordon gained widespread attention.
The young man was taken in by Houston when he was just 12 years old and was treated as a son. It surprised many, therefore, when Bobbi and Nick began a courtship that ended in marriage. Gordon explained to the entertainment show Extra: “(Houston) made me promise several times to look after Krissy … and, Mom, I will never ever, ever break that promise.” How much were they like mother and son? Gordon added that Houston “just treated [him] like she gave birth to [him].” While Bobbi and Nick are not blood relatives, many have commented on the unusual circumstances that led to them, who had been raised as siblings, becoming romantically involved.
The timing of this sad incident is interesting, not just due to the fact that it’s near the anniversary of her mother’s death, but also because Lifetime released the biopic, Whitney, in January. The made-for-tv movie focused on the late singer’s drug use and was harshly criticized by the singer’s family.
As Bobbi Kristina recovers, she has received some support on Twitter. Among the uplifting messages was one from music director, Michael Bearden, who tweeted: “healing energy to the daughter of a late great friend.” Songwriting legend, Diane Warren, also chimed in saying: “I hope Bobbi Kristina gets the help she needs” and “Poor thing, almost 3 yrs to the day her mom passed and the same thing almost happened to her.”
Hopefully, the young woman’s condition will improve over the coming days and this can be a pivotal moment in her life. Sometimes, the road has to get very rocky before we figure out how to get onto a smoother path.