Fa­tal NZ avalanche

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

BOBBI Kristina Brown, the only child of late mu­sic leg­end Whit­ney Hous­ton and R& B singer Bobby Brown, has died six months af­ter go­ing into a coma. She was 22.

She was sur­rounded by her fam­ily at Peachtree Chris­tian Hos­pice in Duluth, Ge­or­gia, when she died on Sun­day.

“Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away sur­rounded by her fam­ily,” Kris­ten Foster, a fam­ily rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said.

“She is fi­nally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank ev­ery­one for their tremen­dous amount of love and sup­port dur­ing these last few months.”

Bobbi Kristina was found face down in the bath at her Ge­or­gia home on Jan­uary 31 in an in­ci­dent eerily sim­i­lar to that in which her mother died three years ear­lier.

Her brain func­tion was said to be “sig­nif­i­cantly di­min­ished” as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent and she was placed in a med­i­cally in­duced coma, a state she re­mained in for months. Nearly two months later she was moved to a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre, where she re­mained un­til June 24.

Bobbi Kristina was said to have been left “in­con­solable” af­ter the death of her su­per­star mother three years ago, on Fe­bru­ary 11, 2012.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was named af­ter her fa­ther, R& B singer Bobby Brown. She was born on March 4, 1993 and grew up in the celebrity spotlight. There were the adorable happy snaps of the fam­ily at Dis­ney­land, pic­tures of her on stage with Hous­ton, and later, when she was a teenager, singing My Love Is Your Love on stage with her mother.

But things weren’t al­ways idyl­lic. Brown and Hous­ton had a rocky re­la­tion­ship. They di­vorced in 2007 af­ter 15 years of mar­riage and Hous­ton was given sole cus­tody of 14- year- old Bobbi Kristina.

Trou­ble sur­faced in 2011, when Bobbi Kristina was forced to deny drug use e af­ter the Na­tional En­quirer pub­lished photos of her snort­ing a white pow­der.

Then, in Fe­bru­ary 2012 when Bobbi Kristina was just 18, her mother was found life­less in the bath at the Bev­erly Hil­ton ho­tel, leav­ing her daugh­ter a re­ported in­her­i­tance of $ 115 mil­lion.

Bobbi Kristina was rushed to hos­pi­tal that same month for anx­i­ety treat­ment and was re­port­edly found tak­ing drugs af­ter her mother’s fu­neral.

Her per­sonal life raised eye­brows – there was the “mar­riage” to Nick Gor­don, who had been raised by Hous­ton as Bobbi’s adopted brother and was widely re­garded as part of the fam­ily.

Fol­low­ing re­ports of their en­gage­ment, Bobbi Kristina wrote on her Face­book page: “Let me clear up some­thing, we aren’t even real brother and sis­ter, nor is he my adop­tive brother.

“My mom never adopted him. In fact, mommy was the one who even said that she knew that we were go­ing to start dat­ing.”

Bobbi Kristina had planned to record a trib­ute al­bum in hon­our of her mother this year. In­stead, she will leave a legacy of a daugh­ter gone too soon. NEW Zealand po­lice have re­cov­ered a sec­ond body from a field of avalanche de­bris dur­ing a search for two miss­ing Cana­dian hik­ers. Search and res­cue teams found the sec­ond body near where they found the first a day ear­lier, about 350m be­low a track the two 23year- olds had in­tended to hike. Po­lice spokesman Ni­cholas Barkley said they have yet to for­mally iden­tify the bod­ies but author­i­ties have told the fam­i­lies about the latest de­vel­op­ments. The men are Louis- Vin­cent Les­sard and Eti­enne Lemieux.

FAM­ILY TRAGEDY: Whit­ney Hous­ton and daugh­ter Bobbi Kristina Brown in 2011 ( main); fam­ily snap at Dis­ney­land in 2007 and Bobbi Kristina’s tat­too trib­ute to her mum.

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