Houston's daughter dies at 22
BOBBI Kristina Brown, the only child of pop legend Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died on Sunday at the age of 22, six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub.
"She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months," a family statement said.
Ms Brown - sole heir to Houston's estate - was discovered face down and unresponsive in her bathtub in her Atlanta, Georgia, home on Jan 31.
She was revived by emergency crews but lost significant brain function, and was placed in a medically induced coma. She died at a hospice in Duluth, Georgia.
According to celebrity website TMZ, she died after her family decided to "take her off all meds". Her death - which a source told Entertainment Tonight was linked to an apparent drug overdose - drew eerie parallels to that of her mother, who was found face down in a bathtub in a Los Angeles hotel on Feb 11, 2012, on the eve of the Grammy Awards.
Many Houston fans sent messages of support for the family on Twitter, saying that Ms Brown would finally be reunited with her mother.
"Rest in heaven. You were loved, Bobbi Kristina Brown," actress and singer Holly Robinson Peete said on Twitter.
Oprah Winfrey tweeted: "Peace at last!" Grammy-winning performer Missy Elliott tweeted: "My heart is truly heavy. May u rest in peace with your mommy."
Ms Brown's parents separated in 2006 and divorced in 2007, with Houston awarded custody of their daughter.
By all accounts, they were extremely close, with Ms Brown accompanying her mother to events and award shows.
Her parents appeared in a 2005 reality show, Being Bobby Brown, that shed some light on their personal struggles and family challenges.
After her mother's death, Ms Brown - who had hoped to follow in Houston's footsteps as a singer - and several relatives appeared in another reality show, discussing their grief and how they were coping.
A final coroner's report said Houston may have overdosed on drugs and alcohol before drowning, and that drug-related heart damage played a part in her death.
The circumstances that led to Ms Brown being pulled unconscious from a bathtub are similarly murky.
In February, the United States media reported that police had started a criminal probe into Ms Brown's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, who reportedly said he was the one who found her in the bathtub.
The reports said that Ms Brown sustained unexplained injuries prior to the incident, while there are also claims of a drug overdose.
Houston raised Mr Gordon in her home for many years and grew up alongside Ms Brown, although he was never formally adopted by the pop singer.
He and Ms Brown revealed their romantic relationship after her mother's death.
A US$10 million (S$13.7 million) civil lawsuit filed last month accuses Mr Gordon of causing her life-threatening injuries and of stealing from her bank account while she was in a coma. No one has been charged in the case.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS