Nick Gordon, the 30-year-old ex-boyfriend of Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, has died from an apparent drug overdose.
Nick Gordon’s brother, Jack Walker Jr., confirmed that he passed away on New Year’s Day and provided the following statement about his brother’s death:
“We are devastated by the loss of my beautiful brother. He leaves a void in the hearts of my family and his friends. Nick’s battle in life was not an easy one. I will be forever grateful that my God afforded a small moment at the very end of Nick’s life, and I was able to hold his hand as he journeyed on.”
It is reported that Nick suffered several heart attacks on New Year’s Day and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit of Altamonte Springs Hospital, where he died later that day.
Nick Gordon’s attorney, Joe Habachy confirmed his client’s death in a statement:
“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 said. “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.”
Three years ago, Nick was found liable in Bobbi Kristina Brown’s wrongful death case.
On December 31st, 2015, Bobbi Kristina Brown (22) was found unresponsive in a bathtub of a townhouse in Georgia, a home in which she shared with Nick.
Bobbi remained in a coma and then died six months later. Several narcotics and prescription drugs were found in her body during the autopsy, including marijuana, alcohol, and medications for used to treat anxiety. The official cause of death was listed as “immersion associated with drug intoxication”.
A multimillion-dollar civil suit filed by the conservator of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate alleged that Nick Gordon had physically abused Bobbi Kristina Brown. The alleged abuse included knocking out teeth, dragging her up a flight of stairs. The suit also alleged that Nick had made a significant effort to control her and had taken a significant amount of money from her without permission. It alleged Nick fraudulently represented himself as Bobbi Kristina Brown’s husband in an effort to gain access to the multimillion-dollar estate she’d inherited from her mother Whitney Houston after her death.
The suit was later amended to allege that Nick “gave Bobbi Kristina a toxic cocktail rendering her unconscious and then put her face down in a tub of cold water causing her to suffer brain damage.”
In 2016, Nick repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the case. Due to Nick’s failure to properly appear in court for the suit, an Atlanta judge ruled that he was liable for Brown’s death and the conservator of Brown’s estate won by default. The judge ordered Nick to pay $36 million to Brown’s estate.
In 2017, Gordon was arrested on domestic battery and false imprisonment charges. His girlfriend at the time, Laura Leal, accused him of domestic violence.
At the time, the family of Laura Leal told reporters that they feared “she is mortal danger” after the arrest. They voiced fears that she “will end up dead like his previous girlfriend”, referring to Bobbi Kristina Brown.
Leal refused to press charges against him, and the charges were subsequently dropped in August of that year.
Whitney Houston brought Nick Gordon into her household as an orphan at the age of 12, raising him and her daughter after divorcing Bobby Brown in 2007.
Gordon had a tattoo of Whitney Houston’s face on his arm and referred to her as his “mom”, even though she never adopted him.
On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The coroner’s report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors.
After Houston’s death, Gordon and Bobbi Kristina publicly admitted that they were a couple.
More than 70,000 people died in the US due to accidental drug overdose in 2017, surpassing all other forms of accidental-injury deaths. Millions struggle with substance use every day, which causes several medical, social, and economic harms.
If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, we encourage you to seek help and begin an addiction treatment program.