Nick Gordon, the ex-fiancé of Whitney Houston’s late daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, has died aged 30.
His death comes nearly five years after Brown, 22, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died following six months in a coma.
Gordon’s lawyer Joe Habachy confirmed his client’s death in a statement on Wednesday, saying: “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.” Mr Habachy did not give a cause of death or say where it occurred.
Gordon had been an orphan but music legend Whitney Houston took him under her wing at the age of 12, raising him and her daughter together after divorcing Bobby Brown in 2007.
The 30-year-old had a large tattoo of Houston’s face on his arm and called her “mom” but she never formalised his adoption nor included him in her will. Whitney Houston died in 2012 after drowning in a bathtub. Coroner’s officials ruled the death accidental and said heart disease and cocaine were contributing factors.
Gordon and Bobbi Kristina went public with their romance soon after, the pair revealed they were a couple shortly after Houston’s death Three years later, the 22-year-old was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub.
Investigators were unable to determine exactly how she died, but her family blamed Gordon, accusing him of giving her a “toxic cocktail” before putting her face-down in the water.
An autopsy revealed she had morphine, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her body, but the medical examiner couldn’t determine if she killed herself, if someone else killed her or if her death was accidental.
Gordon was never charged in the case, but he was found responsible in a wrongful death lawsuit.
An Atlanta judge ordered him to pay around £27 million ($36 million) to Ms Brown’s estate.