Bobby Brown: 'Unsettling' That Autopsy Released


ATLANTA (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bobbi Kristina Brown’s face being immersed in water, along with drug intoxication, led to her death last year, a medical examiner said.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office in Atlanta released a statement Friday morning on the death as it prepares to release the full autopsy report.

The 22-year-old daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome Jan. 31, 2015, and died in hospice care July 26.

The office said it reviewed medical records, investigative files and other documents to determine how Brown likely died. The medical examiner’s office said marijuana and alcohol were involved in the death, along with medications used for sedation or to treat anxiety.

The office said her death “was clearly not due to natural causes” but said 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.”

A judge on Thursday granted a request filed by media organizations to unseal the autopsy.

A comparison of autopsy reports for Bobbi Kristina Brown and her mother, singer Whitney Houston, shows similarities that go beyond how both women were found.

Houston was found in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel just before the 2012 Grammy Awards. An autopsy determined her death was an accidental drowning.

Meanwhile, Bobby Brown said it’s “unsettling” and “mind blowing” that his daughter’s autopsy results were being made public.

In a statement released by his lawyer early Friday, Bobby Brown said he will continue efforts with a civil lawsuit in her death and the criminal investigation.

He said he remains hopeful that “public indictments and prosecution” will come about in the case.

An attorney for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend says he hopes new details about what led to her death puts to rest “all the negativity” that surrounds his client.

Randy Kessler, an attorney for boyfriend Nick Gordon, said he wasn’t surprised by the findings, and that Gordon has “always maintained his innocence.”

Friday would have been Bobbi Kristina Brown’s 23rd birthday.

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