Bobby Brown holds up a picture of his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, during a wrongful death case against her partner, Nick Gordon, in Atlanta, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of singers Brown and Whitney Houston, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome in January 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge in Atlanta on Thursday ordered Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s partner, Nick Gordon, to pay $36 million in a wrongful death case, her estate’s lawyers said.

Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome in January 2015. Gordon, who also lived there, and a friend were listed on the police report as being in the home when investigators arrived there.

The wrongful death suit said other people were there when Brown was initially found unresponsive. She was in a coma for six months before dying in hospice care at age 22 on July 26, 2015. Her death was similar to the way her mother died and drew worldwide headlines and the frenzied attention of the tabloids.

Whitney Houston’s body was found face-down in a foot of water in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel just before the 2012 Grammy Awards. Authorities found prescription drugs in the suite and evidence of heart disease and cocaine in Houston’s body and determined her death was an accidental drowning.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford ruled in September that Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the civil suit. His order said that means the conservator of her estate wins by default.

Bobby Brown, the father of Bobbi Kristina Brown, sits in court during a wrongful death case against his daughter's partner, Nick Gordon, in Atlanta, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Bobbi Kristina was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome in January 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)

Bedford on Thursday awarded damages of $36,250,000, the estate’s lawyers said in an emailed statement.

“There was an urgent need, in my mind, to get justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown and that’s why I took the case. We intend to pursue, with all vigor, the full collection of the judgment,” attorney David Ware said in the statement. “We hope that in some small way this will allow Krissy’s family to continue their quest for peace.”

Bobby Brown and his daughter, LaPrincia Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s half-sister, were among the witnesses who testified at Thursday’s hearing.

LaPrincia Brown, right, the half-sister of Bobbi Kristina Brown, is comforted by their father Bobby Brown, after taking the witness stand in a wrongful death case against Bobbi Kristina's partner, Nick Gordon, in Atlanta, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome in January 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)

The young woman’s family blamed Gordon, accusing him in the lawsuit of giving Brown a “toxic cocktail” before putting her face-down in the water. Gordon, an orphan three years older whom Houston had raised as her own, has not been charged with a crime. Brown had referred to Gordon as her husband.

Gordon wasn’t in court Thursday and did not have an attorney in the civil case, but his criminal defense attorneys, Joe Habachy and Jose Baez, had said in August 2015 that the allegations were baseless. They also said that Gordon is “heartbroken” and called the suit a “fictitious assault.”

Investigators with the medical examiner’s office were unable to determine exactly how Brown had died. An autopsy showed she had morphine, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her body. But the medical examiner couldn’t determine if she killed herself, if someone else killed her or if her death was accidental.

Dontaye Carter, a spokesman for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, said in an email Thursday that Brown’s death is still under investigation.

Brown grew up in the shadow of her famous parents. She appeared with them in 2005 on the Bravo reality show “Being Bobby Brown” and attended award shows with her mother and father.

Houston and Bobby Brown were married 15 years before their relationship ended in 2007. Bobbi Kristina was their only child together.

In August 2015, family and friends gathered at a cemetery in New Jersey and buried Bobbi Kristina Brown next to her mother.

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11 thoughts on “Judge Awards Damages Of $36M In Bobbi Kristina Death Case [PHOTOS]

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  2. If you want to know the truth, ask all those involved with Whitney’s death and Bobbi’s death to take lie detector exams. Polygraphs are not perfect, but they usually indicate patterns of lying and evasion, which will lead investigators down the right path. The large inheritance from the deaths of both Whitney and Bobbi is a big potential motive for murder. And the alleged history of domestic violence between Nick and Bobbi does not look good for Nick Gordon. Would YOU sign up for lessons at the Nick Gordon School of Swimming? I have a feeling we have not heard the last of this tale of family woe.

    • Beeg1984 on said:

      I disagree, Bobbi K had every chance in the world to make it, she chose to be with that loser and he end up killing her. Bobby and Whitney both had their problems, that should have given Bobbi K the will to want to do better. It breaks my heart that she and her mother are no longer on this earth. So sad…

    • Angietangie on said:

      I agree with you Debbie. Whitney and Bobby had addictions. It was their responsibility to see to it that Bobbie was raised well and really drug free. But, mom and dad were addicts and so was she. I hate that they had to die like that but “you live by the sword you die by the sword”. That little girl seen a lot in her day and she had the money to feed her needs. I knew that inheritance from whitney was going to be the death of her. that girl had too much money and time on her hands. I think bobbie and the grandmother should have intervened legally and got her help with her finances. I know she was an adult, but some adults need help to with finances. all they needed was a good damn lawyer who could have portioned out her monies when needed. She could have been saved if there was help. it seemed like nobody cared about bobbie k having all that money available. Again I know she was an adult, but knowing her and her parent history of drug use something should have been done. just sayin

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