Fam­ily mourns the late Bobbi Kristina at fu­neral

The China Post - - ARTS - BY JONATHAN LAN­DRUM JR.

Amer­i­can R&B singer Bobby Brown emerged from the fu­neral of his daugh­ter Bobbi Kristina Brown, star­ing to­ward the ground be­fore lift­ing his head up and briefly gaz­ing at the sky.

Dressed in all black, the griev­ing Brown was one of the first to exit the ten­sion-filled pri­vate ser­vice for Bobbi Kristina on Satur­day at the St. James United Methodist Church in Al­pharetta, just north of At­lanta. Twenty-two-year-old Bobbi Kristina was the only child be­tween Brown and the late megas­tar singer Whit­ney Hous­ton.

Bobbi Kristina died in hos­pice care July 26, about six months af­ter she was found face-down and un­re­spon­sive in a bath­tub at her town­home.

Sev­eral celebri­ties showed up for the fu­neral in­clud­ing film­maker Tyler Perry, Grammy-win­ning R&B singer Mon­ica and At­lanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

In the mid­dle of the ser­vice Bobby Brown’s sis­ter Le­o­lah Brown walked out of the church and spoke to re­porters gath­ered out­side. She said she was an­gry be­cause Pat Hous­ton was speak­ing at the fu­neral. Pat Hous­ton is the sis­ter-in-law and for­mer man­ager for the late Whit­ney Hous­ton.

“I told her that Whit­ney is go­ing to haunt her from the grave,” Le­o­lah Brown told re­porters out­side the church.

She sug­gested that the feud be­tween the Hous­tons and the Browns was far from over.

“It’s just get­ting started,” she said be­fore go­ing back in­side the church.

An email to the Hous­ton fam­ily rep was not re­turned.

For years, there’s been a long­stand­ing rift be­tween the fam­i­lies of the young woman’s fa­mous mother and fa­ther. Bobby Brown briefly ap­peared at Hous­ton’s fu­neral three years ago, say­ing he and his chil­dren were seated but asked re­peat­edly to move. Brown said he left be­cause he didn’t want to cre­ate a scene, but was up­set.

Bobbi Kristina’s death was grimly sim­i­lar to the way her mother had died three years ear­lier.

Hous­ton’s as­sis­tant found the singer’s life­less body face-down in a foot of wa­ter in her bath­tub at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel just be­fore the Grammy Awards in 2012. Author­i­ties found pre­scrip­tion drugs in the suite, and ev­i­dence of heart dis­ease and co­caine in her body, but de­ter­mined her death was an ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing.

Bobbi Kristina was found in the town­home she shared with Nick Gor­don, an or­phan three years older, whom Hous­ton had raised as her own. Bobbi Kristina re­ferred to him as her hus­band. A po­lice re­port ear­lier this year de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a drown­ing, and author­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing her death.

Re­la­tions be­tween Gor­don and other rel­a­tives have soured over the past few years, es­pe­cially af­ter Bobbi Kristina was hos­pi­tal­ized. A pro­tec­tive or­der barred him from be­ing within 60 me­ters of Pat Hous­ton. And a feud erupted over whether Gor­don could visit Bobbi Kristina while she stayed in the hos­pi­tal.

AP

R&B singer Bobby Brown hugs an uniden­ti­fied woman af­ter a fu­neral ser­vice for his daugh­ter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Satur­day, Aug. 1.

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