Boyfriend loses wrongful death case involving Whitney Houston's daughter
A judge ruled Friday against Bobbi Kristina Brown's partner, Nick Gordon, in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her estate, though the decision doesn't answer any of the questions surrounding her mysterious death.
Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome in January 2015. She died in hospice care about six months later.
Investigators with the medical examiner's office were not able to determine exactly how she 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. But he has never been charged in the case. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in an emailed statement that his office continues to investigate the case.
Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the civil case, Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford said in his order. A jury trial will be set to determine how much Gordon must pay in damages; if he cannot pay, he could face a lien on property he owns or have his wages garnished.
No lawyer was listed for Gordon in online court records. Two attorneys representing him against any criminal allegations that may be filed said they were not involved in the civil case.
Bobby Brown, who had joined the wrongful death suit filed by his daughter's estate, said in a statement released by his attorney that he is pleased with the judge's ruling.
"All I ever wanted was answers relating to who and what caused my daughter's death. Today's judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon," Brown said in the statement.