Ian Halperin, author of “Whitney & Bobbi Kristina: The Deadly Price of Fame,” has spoken out about Bobbi Kristina Brown, calling her death “an American tragedy.”
While describing the younger Brown as “affable, respected and extremely talented,” Halperin noted that she “deserved better in life.”
Brown died Sunday at age 22 at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Ga.
After being found unresponsive and face-down in the bathtub of her Roswell, Georgia, home on January 31, she was hospitalized and placed in a medically induced coma. Later she was transferred to a rehabilitation facility and, ultimately, to hospice care in June. Though there had been differing reports on her status, her grandmother, Cissy Houston, said that she had “not progressed at all” and had suffered “global and irreversible brain damage.”
Halperin, who told TheWrap in June that Brown was scared of her boyfriend Nick Gordon and planned to leave him on the day she was found in her bathtub, adding, “If there’s any foul play or criminal activity, I hope those responsible are quickly brought to justice.”
Gordon has been hit with a $10 million lawsuit by Brown’s conservator, claiming that he was physically abusive and stole money from her.
Halperin added that his “sincerest and best wishes go out to both the Houston and Brown families.”
Read Halperin’s full statement below.
“It’s extremely unfortunate what happened to Bobbi Kristina. She deserved better in life. She was affable, respected and extremely talented. It’s an American tragedy. She might soon be reunited with the person closest to her in her life, her mother Whitney Houston. As I reveal in my book, their love was unconditional. If there’s any foul play or criminal activity, I hope those responsible are quickly brought to justice. My sincerest best wishes and thoughts go out to both the Houston and Brown families.”