Nick Gordon, the ex-partner of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, died Wednesday at an Altamonte Springs hospital. He was 30.
Gordon’s attorney, Joe S. Habachy, confirmed his client’s death in a statement to News 6, but did not give information on how Gordon died:
“My heart is heavy today after learning that my long-time client Nick Gordon died at the young age of 30. While I cannot speak to the specific circumstances of his death, I can say that it’s been truly heartbreaking to have witnessed first hand the total devastation that drug addiction has wreaked upon a group of young friends, all of whom were loved and had immense potential."
Habachy went on to say that, despite the challenges Gordon faced over the last few years, he worked hard to hold his head up and stay sober.
“He genuinely wanted a happy healthy life with his family more than anything else,” Habachy said. “My heart goes out to the family and friends Nick leaves behind and to any other families dealing with the losses and heartache caused by drugs.”
Maitland police said they responded to The Sheraton Hotel at 5:15 a.m. for an unresponsive man. Paramedics found Gordon unresponsive in a hotel room. He was taken to Advent Health Altamonte Springs where he died, police said.
Brown has ties to Central Florida. He was arrested in Sanford in 2017 on domestic violence charges.
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. She died after six months in a coma.
Investigators with the medical examiner’s office were not able to determine exactly how 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 the age of 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 she never fully adopted him or included him in the will. 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.
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