Following an inconclusive autopsy report released Friday, lawyers for Nick Gordon, the boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown say the music scion’s death may have been a suicide and that their client, the subject of a criminal investigation, had tried to save her.
Gordon’s attorneys, Jose Baez and Joe S. Habachy, said in a statement Tuesday that, “By failing to acknowledge that there is simply no evidence of any wrongdoing,” the Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney has “in essence helped feed the slanderous media frenzy regarding” Gordon, who with a friend discovered Brown unconscious in a bathtub in January 2015. Brown, the daughter of R&B singer Bobby Brown and the late pop star Whitney Houston, remained largely comatose and died that July, at age 22.
“Frankly,” the statement went on, “the right thing for the District Attorney’s office to do right now is to tell the public the truth . . . that this was an accident . . . or even a suicide, but not a murder. And the right thing for everyone to do is let Nick live his life now and let Bobbi Kristina rest in peace.”
The medical examiner’s autopsy report revealed Brown had morphine, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her body when she became submerged in the tub. The report was unable to state whether the manner of death was accidental, a suicide or a homicide, calling it “undetermined.”
The incident was under criminal investigation, as opposed to an accident investigation, from the beginning, a spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department in Georgia confirmed shortly after Brown was found. Gordon has not been charged with a crime.
Last fall, Brown’s estate filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Gordon, alleging “a violent altercation . . . after which he placed her in the bathtub unconscious, after he injected her with a toxic mixture,” according to court documents obtained by ABC affiliate WSB-TV in October.
Gordon, his attorneys’ statement countered, “tried to save Bobbi Kristina’s life. The truth is that Nick cooperated with law enforcement since day one.”
On Friday, Bobby Brown’s attorney, Christopher Brown, said in a statement that the family “will continue in our efforts in the civil lawsuit and the criminal investigation.”