Bobbi Kristina Brown’s ex dies at 30 in Mait­land

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE -

Nick Gor­don, who was found li­able in the death of his ex-part­ner Bobbi Kristina Brown, has died af­ter be­ing found un­re­spon­sive Wed­nes­day at a Mait­land ho­tel. He was 30.

He was pro­nounced dead at Ad­vent Health Al­ta­monte Springs, Mait­land police said Thurs­day.

Mait­land police were called about 5:15 a.m. Wed­nes­day to the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel at 600 North Lake Des­tiny Road.

Re­spon­ders from Mait­land Fire & Res­cue Depart­ment tried to re­vive Gor­don in one of the rooms at the ho­tel, police said.

This case is un­der ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Mait­land Police de­tec­tives, whose report re­ferred to Gor­don by his le­gal name, Ni­cholas Bouler.

Gor­don’s at­tor­ney Joe S. Habachy con­firmed his client’s death in a state­ment Wed­nes­day to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

TMZ pub­lished a 911 call in which a dis­patcher says a black sub­stance was re­ported to have been viewed in­side the vic­tim’s mouth.

Gor­don’s death comes nearly five years af­ter Brown, the daugh­ter of singers Whit­ney Hous­ton and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and un­re­spon­sive in a bath­tub in Jan­uary 2015. The 22-year-old died af­ter six months in a coma.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors with the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice were not able to de­ter­mine ex­actly how Bobbi Kristina Brown died. An au­topsy showed that 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.

Her fam­ily blamed Gor­don, ac­cus­ing him in the law­suit of giv­ing her a “toxic cock­tail” be­fore putting her face-down in the wa­ter.

Gor­don was never charged in the case, but he was found re­spon­si­ble in a wrong­ful death law­suit. An At­lanta judge or­dered him to pay $36 mil­lion to Brown’s es­tate.

Hous­ton brought Gor­don into her house­hold as an or­phan at age 12, rais­ing him and her daugh­ter af­ter di­vorc­ing Bobby Brown in 2007.

Gor­don wore a large tat­too of Hous­ton’s face on his arm and called the singer “mom,” but the mu­sic su­per­star never fully adopted him or in­cluded him in her will. Hous­ton died in 2012 af­ter she drowned in a bath­tub. Coro­ner’s of­fi­cials ruled Hous­ton’s death ac­ci­den­tal and said heart dis­ease and co­caine were con­tribut­ing fac­tors.

Af­ter Hous­ton’s death, Gor­don and Bobbi Kristina went public with their ro­mance.

“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,” Habachy said in a state­ment.

FRED­ERIC J. BROWN/GETTY 2012

Nick Gor­don, boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown and found li­able for her death, died Wed­nes­day at age 30 from ap­par­ent drug over­dose.

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