Bobbi Kristina Autopsy Report Reveals Cause Of Death Related To Drowning, Drugs
The autopsy report for Bobbi Kristina Brown, the late daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobbi Brown who passed away in July 2015, was released today, and stated that her cause of death was "lobar pneumonia," spurred by the presence of drugs and near-drowning.
"The underlying cause of death is the condition which starts the downhill course of events leading to death and in this case is the immersion associated with drug intoxication," according to a statement from the Fulton County Medical Examiner. "The pneumonia and encephalopathy are more immediate causes which resulted from the immersion and drug intoxication."
The drugs found in Brown's system included marijuana, alcohol, a cocaine-related substance called benzoylecgonine, benzodiazepines (prescription anti-anxiety meds) and morphine.
The report also addresses the "manner of death," which asks whether the death resulted from natural causes like disease, an "intentional act" like suicide or homicide, an unintentional cause, or in an "undetermined manner." The coroner found that Brown's "death was clearly not due to natural causes, but the medical examiner has not been able to determine whether death was due to intentional or accidental causes, and has therefore classified the manner of death as Undetermined."
TMZ reports that the autopsy results had been sealed until now because the Fulton County District Attorney thought it might interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation into whether Brown's boyfriend Nick Gordon was involved in her death. After Atlanta station WXIA argued First Amendment rights should grant access to the autopsy report, a judge unsealed it.
Bobbi Brown said in a statement through his lawyer, "First and foremost, 23 years ago today, Bobbi Kristina was born. Krissy will always live in my heart and soul...I love my baby girl." The statement continued: "For news affiliates to seek and obtain my daughter's autopsy report, before anyone has been brought to justice for her death is mind-blowing to me. Please pray for my family."
As CNN reported last August, Brown's estate has filed a $10 million wrongful death suit against Gordon, alleging he beat Bobbi Kristina after an all-night "cocaine and drinking binge." According to the suit, Gordon then gave her a "toxic cocktail" that knocked her out.
Brown's death eerily mimics that of her mother, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub in the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 11, 2012 before she was pronounced dead. The coroner found that the cause of Houston's death was the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use."