Nick Gordon, partner of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown — the only daughter of the late Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown — is dead at the age of 30, his lawyer said Wednesday.
In an email to The Times, attorney Joe Habachy of Atlanta said he could not speak to the specific circumstances of Gordon’s death, but he wrote 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».
11, 2012, Houston — who reigned as one of the world’s top pop stars in the 1980s and ‘90s with songs like «I Will Always Love You» and «Saving All My Love for You» but suffered from recurring bouts with drugs and alcohol — was found dead after accidentally drowning in a Beverly Hills hotel room bathtub the night before the Grammy Awards. The coroner said the singer’s use of cocaine exacerbated her heart disease and played a role in her death.
A multimillion-dollar civil suit filed by the conservator of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate alleged that Gordon had physically abused Bobbi Kristina Brown — including knocking out teeth and dragging her up stairs — and had controlled her and had taken a significant amount of money from her without permission.
Gordon was unofficially adopted at age 12 by Houston and raised as a brother to Bobbi Kristina; they became romantically involved in the wake of Houston’s 2012 death. Gordon was not allowed to attend Bobbi Kristina Brown’s memorial service or burial.
Gordon did a stint in rehab in March 2015 after behaving erratically on an episode of the «Dr. Phil» where he was to have talked about Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death. That April, he sat down again with Dr. Phil McGraw, laughed off the civil case and the dollar amount that it sought, and dismissed the notion that he’d given his girlfriend a «toxic cocktail».