Bobbi Kristina Brown: Where Things Stand One Year After Her Death
By Alex Ungerman
A year after Bobbi Kristina Brown died at age 22, surrounded by her family at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia, the heartache and legal battles linger on.
The daughter of R&B singer Bobby Brown and late music legend Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in her bathtub on Jan. 31, 2015, in tragic circumstances that drew comparisons to Houston's own death in 2012.
"She is finally at peace in the arms of God," the Houston family told ET in a statement last July. "We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."
Still, even as Bobbi Kristina's family and loved ones attempt to grieve and move forward, several questions remain surrounding her tragic passing.
Brown’s former boyfriend was the one who initially found her unconscious, and is involved in an ongoing $10 million wrongful death civil lawsuit that alleges, "Ms. Brown died due to a violent altercation with Defendant (Gordon) after which he placed her in a bathtub, unconscious, after he injected her with a toxic mixture."
In October 2015, a source also told ET that the Georgia District Attorney was convening a grand jury and looking to possibly indict Gordon on criminal charges. "The district attorney is asking for some witnesses to be re-interviewed and will take it before the grand jury at a later date," the source told ET.
However, no criminal charges have been filed against Gordon and his lawyers have called the wrongful death civil suit "slanderous and meritless."
Even while facing a civil lawsuit, Gordon has mourned Brown publicly.
During an interview with Dr. Phil in April, Gordon admitting to using drugs "socially" with Bobbi Kristina while Houston was still alive, while claiming that his girlfriend’s drug use "got really bad" in the aftermath of her mother’s death.
"At the time, that's kind of the only way we knew how to deal with what had happened," Nick explained.
He also likened Bobbi Kristina’s death to her mother's sharing, "It was literally a nightmare all over again."
2. Where does the civil suit stand?
ET reached out to Bobby Brown's attorney, Craig Terrett, for an update on the civil suit in July, who said they were in a holding pattern while waiting on a judge to rule on a renewed motion in the case. Terrett was hopeful the case may have a ruling in a month.
3. What about the civil case surrounding Bobbi Kristina's estate?
Of course, the wrongful death lawsuit is not the only legal repercussion of Bobbi Kristina's death.
Earlier this year, Bedelia Hargrove, attorney for Bobbi Kristina’s estate – and the same attorney who filed the wrongful death against Gordon – filed a civil lawsuit against Cissy and Pat Houston, asking that they be removed from Bobbi Kristina’s trust, claiming that they refused to sign off on bills.
Then in July, the Houstons asked Hargrove to produce documents stating what the payments she's requesting are for. Hargrove, in response is claiming that as co-trustees, they don't have the rights to ask for the documents.
While Hargrove's initial filing happened back in February, this remains an ongoing matter.
4. Is there any contact between the Brown and Houston families?
Last month, Bobby said in an interview with Larry King that he wanted to reconnect with his late ex-wife's family, adding that he had "reached out several times."
"I think Ms. Houston is going through the same thing I’m going through," the 47-year-old singer shared.
The comments came after Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, called Bobby’s 20/20 interview with Robin Roberts "disturbing" for how he spoke of her late daughter.
"Although the interview was supposed to promote HIS autobiography [Every Little Step: My Story], he never spoke about his parents and siblings and any issues they might have or have had that impacted and may continue to impact on Every Little Step he takes," Cissy said in a statement to People. "Instead he chose to concentrate his comments primarily on Whitney. I can't help but wonder why."
"I only wish he had loved and respected her enough to make some of the negative statements about her and Krissi while Whitney was alive and able to respond from her perspective," Cissy added.
"There’s no love lost from me," Bobby maintained after her remarks. "I respect and love that whole family and I’d hope that they know that. But my life has to go on and I’d like to stay well."
"Two days before what happened to my daughter, she was supposed to come out here to Los Angeles with me," he said through tears. "If I could get those two days back, my daughter would be here. All I want is those two days back."
Meanwhile, Bobby has three upcoming concerts scheduled this September. After playing in Grand Prairie, Texas with Blackstreet on September 3, Bobby is slated to play Soulful Summer 2016 the same day at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
Then, Brown is set to play a week later in College Park, Georgia, with singer Avant.