Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston, has been moved to hospice care and placed “in God’s hands,” five months after being found unresponsive in a bathtub, her family said on Wednesday.
Bobbi Kristina, 22, was hospitalized on Jan. 31 after being found face down in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta home.
Few details about her condition have been released officially but her grandmother, Cissy Houston, said in April that doctors had diagnosed “global and irreversible brain damage.”
In a statement issued on Wednesday on behalf of the Houston family, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Pat Houston, said that “despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has continued to deteriorate. As of today, she has been moved into hospice care.
“We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now.”
Bobbi Kristina is the daughter of Whitney Houston and her former husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown. They divorced after a tempestuous, drug-fueled marriage that began when she was 14.
The circumstances of her accident have not been explained but it was eerily similar to the death of her Grammy award- winning mother, who drowned in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub in February 2012 at the age of 48. In that case, authorities said years of cocaine abuse and heart disease played a key role.
Bobbi Kristina, who inherited her mother’s fortune, was found by her partner Nick Gordon and a friend. In the hospital, she was put in a medically induced coma to stop brain swelling. She was later taken off a ventilator, given a tracheotomy and moved to a rehabilitation center but she remained largely unresponsive, members of her family have said.
Before the accident, she was an aspiring singer who began performing with her famous mother as early as 1999, singing duets of “My Love is Your Love.” In 2003, she recorded a duet of “Little Drummer Boy” for a holiday album.
She was hospitalized twice with anxiety after her mother’s death and in 2012 she appeared on Lifetime’s reality TV show, “The Houstons: On Our Own,” which chronicled the family’s struggle to recover. – Reuters