Bobbi Kristina Brown's life was filled with highs and lows. The aspiring actress, and only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was born on March 4, 1993. While both parents loved her dearly, she was forced to learn to cope with their drug-fueled relationship, which was often volatile.
According to the Mirror, a former chauffeur for Whitney and Bobby revealed in 2015 that he frequently saw the couple smoking crack in the presence of Bobbi Kristina during her formative years. In addition to drug use, the pair were often involved in physical altercations. In December 2003, MTV reported that the "I Will Always Love You" singer called 911 to report that her husband had slapped her across the face. Police arrived at their Alpharetta, Georgia, home, where they observed a bruise on Houston's cheek, as well as a cut inside her mouth. This was just one of many times the couple's verbal disagreements escalated to physical violence. They finally decided to go their separate ways in April 2007. While the decision was ultimately right for Whitney and Bobby's relationship, their daughter struggled to cope.
By the age of 14, Bobbi Kristina, or Krissy as she was known to friends and family, was allegedly embattled with addiction issues of her own. Ian Halperin, the author of "Whitney & Bobbi Kristina: The Deadly Price of Fame," sat down with Extra in June 2015, where he opened up about what he believes led to Bobbi Kristina's troubles. He told the outlet that living in the shadow of two highly successful people was a lot of weight for the young girl to carry. It led to many outbursts during her teenage years, including a 2008 incident in which Bobbi Kristina reportedly attempted to stab Whitney.
"There were other incidents as well, death threats toward her mother," Halperin said.
Although her issues often manifested as violence, Halperin does not think that Bobbi Kristina wanted to kill her mother, but rather hoped she or Bobby would get her help. By 17 Bobbi Kristina was thought to be heavy into partying. Around that same time she took on yet another major vice: Nick Gordon. He moved into her home and the duo began their own Bobby-and-Whitney-style cycle.
Bobbi Kristina's life further spiraled out of control in Feb. 11, 2012, when her Grammy Award-winning mother was found facedown in a bathtub. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office pinpointed drowning as Whitney's cause of death, though there were substances and health issues that served as contributing factors. A statement released by Coroner Craig Harvey in March 2012 revealed that Whitney had "approximately a 60 percent occlusion in the arteries." The statement noted that this narrowing of her arteries, as well as her chronic cocaine use, contributed to her drowning. When Whitney was buried eight days after her death, the Daily Mail reported that Bobbi Kristina "looked wasted" during the somber ceremony.
Bobbi Kristina leaned on her boyfriend more than ever after her mother's death. The pair claimed to have married in January 2014 — a claim that later turned out to be false. During their relationship the police were called to the Roswell, Georgia, townhouse they shared several times, though no arrests were made.
On Jan. 31, 2015, news broke that Bobbi Kristina had been found unconscious inside her home. Like her mother she was discovered facedown inside a bathtub full of water. She was rushed to a local hospital, where she was examined and treated before being transferred to Emory University Hospital. Bobbi Kristina remained hospitalized and in an induced coma for many months, showing few signs of improvement. She was then moved to Peachtree Christian Hospice, where she died on July 26, 2015.
Bobbi Kristina was buried in Westfield, New Jersey, next to her mother. Her boyfriend is currently being investigated in connection to her death. A report from the Fulton County Coroner's office lists drowning as the cause of death. Drugs, alcohol and prescription anxiety medication contributed.
Bobbi Kristina would have turned 23 on Friday, March 4, 2016.