The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston has been put into a medically induced coma after she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital, a source close to the family said. It’s been almost three years since the legendary singer was found dead in the same manner.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, “was not breathing” when her husband and a friend found her at about 10:25 a.m. Saturday at a townhouse in a Roswell subdivision, police spokeswoman Lisa Holland said. They called 911 and performed CPR until public safety officers arrived and took over, she said.
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Brown was transported to North Fulton Hospital, where “she is still alive and breathing. Other than that, I don’t know her condition,” Holland said Saturday afternoon at a press briefing.
Nobody knows what caused Brown’s unresponsiveness, Holland said. Police are talking to friends and family and obtaining a search warrant so they can look through the residence, she said.
The police spokeswoman noted one oddity in the case: “Her mother died in the very same manner.”
It was three years ago February 11 that Brown’s mother, renowned signer Whitney Houston, was found dead — in a bathtub — in The Beverly Hilton, hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammys bash there.
An autopsy later revealed that she’d drowned face down in “extremely hot water” about 12 inches deep. The Los Angeles County coroner ruled it an accidental drowning with the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use” being contributing factors.
Brown is her only child.
“She encourages me and inspires me,” Houston once said of her daughter. “When I look at her eyes and I see myself, I go, ‘Okay. I can do this. I can do this.’”
Daughter of acclaimed singer, R&B standout
Brown was born in 1993 during Houston’s marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown, which ended in divorce in 2007.
The daughter of music royalty became a public figure during the mid-2000s reality show “Being Bobby Brown,” in which she frequently appeared alongside her parents and often had a front-row seat to their marital fireworks.
Mother and daughter even performed together on national TV in 2009, when the two sang “My Love Is Your Love” in Central Park on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Given the pair’s close relationship, it’s no surprise that Houston’s death was a major blow.
Days after her mother’s body was found, a grieving Bobbi Kristina — then 18 — was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center because she was “overwhelmed,” family friend Kim Burrell said.
“She loves hard,” Burrell said then of Bobbi Kristina. “She’s going to be OK, and we’re going to see to it.”
Married a man who was taken in by Houston
As 2012 rolled on, speculation grew over whether the then-underage Brown was intoxicated during episodes of Lifetime’s brief reality show “The Houstons: On Our Own,” which followed life for the family after Houston’s death.
One of that reality show’s storylines revolved around Brown’s relationship with Nick Gordon, who lived with Houston and her daughter from the age of 12.
Months later, Brown reportedly got engaged to Gordon.
And in January 2014, she tweeted out a picture of wedding rings, presumably belonging to her and Gordon, along with the words, #HappilyMarried• SO#Inlove.”
“(Houston) made me promise several times to look after Krissy … and, Mom, I will never ever, ever break that promise,” Gordon told the entertainment show “Extra” afterward, saying Houston “just treated me like she gave birth to me” “She wanted this. This is something she wanted to see.”
It was unclear whether Gordon came home Saturday morning to find his wife in the bathtub or had been in another part of the house overnight, Holland said.
Needless to say, concern for Brown surged again after news broke Saturday.
Music director Michael Bearden sent along “healing energy to the daughter of a late great friend.” Songwriter Diane Warren tweeted, “I hope Bobbi Kristina gets the help she needs.”
“Poor thing,” Warren added. “Almost 3 yrs to the day her mom passed and the same thing almost happened to her.”