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Bobbi Kristina Brown post mortem sheds little light on bathtub mystery

28 July 2015, 08:47

Atlanta - An initial post mortem on Bobbi Kristina Brown on Monday found no significant injuries and no obvious underlying cause of death for the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, who died on Sunday after sustaining irreversible brain damage in January.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office in Georgia said Brown, 22, had no previously unknown medical conditions that would have contributed to her death. It also said it has issued subpoenas to help gather documentary information on her death.

Brown, the only child of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died at an Atlanta-area hospice where her family had placed her a month ago after giving up hope she would recover. She died six months after an unexplained incident that left her unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta home.

"The autopsy does not show an obvious underlying cause of death and no significant injuries were noted. No previously unknown medical conditions that could have contributed to death were identified," the Fulton County Medical Examiner said.

The Medical Examiner said officials would conduct additional tests that are expected to take several weeks.

Officials had said earlier their efforts to determine what happened to Brown in January would be "challenging" given the time gap between the bathtub incident and her death. She was found face down in the bathtub by her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, and a friend on January 31.

A $10m civil lawsuit filed last month by the court-appointed conservator for Brown accused Gordon of causing her "life-threatening injuries" and of stealing from her bank account while she was in a coma.

No one has been criminally charged in the case, which has been referred to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office for further review.

Brown's death came three years after her Grammy-winning mother, who had battled substance abuse, drowned in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel at age 48.

Entertainment news website Entertainment Tonight, citing an unnamed family source, reported on Monday that a funeral for Brown was expected in Atlanta this week. It said her body would then be taken to New Jersey to be buried alongside her mother in Westfield. Representatives of the family have released no details on funeral arrangements.

Tributes have poured in for Brown, an aspiring singer who had struggled to cope with her mother's death. Whitney Houston's cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, called Brown "a sweetheart". Entertainer Oprah Winfrey said on Twitter, "Peace at Last!"

- Reuters


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