Houston's daughter 'placed in coma'

DEJA VU: Ms Brown was found unconscious by her husband and a friend in a bathtub on Saturday, in an eerie echo of her mother's drowning three years ago.


    Feb 02, 2015

    Houston's daughter 'placed in coma'


    THE daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston was pulled unconscious from her bathtub in her Georgia home on Saturday, in an eerie echo of her mother's tragic death three years ago.

    Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, was found by her husband and a friend at her home in Roswell, a suburb north of Atlanta, said Roswell Police Department spokesman Lisa Holland.

    Ms Brown's husband, Nick Gordon, started cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the police continued life-saving measures until an ambulance arrived and took her to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell.

    "She is still alive and breathing, and other than that, I do not know her condition at this time," Ms Holland said at a news conference. "Investigators are on the scene at the hospital and the house."

    Entertainment news website reported that sources close to the family said Ms Brown had been placed in a medically induced coma to address swelling in the brain.

    The incident comes nearly three years after Houston, a superstar who had battled substance abuse, drowned in a bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, in February 2012. The authorities determined that cocaine use and heart disease contributed to her death.

    Ms Brown married Mr Gordon in January last year. He was also raised for a time by Houston, one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, but she never formally adopted him.

    On her birthday last year, he had his arm tattooed with a portrait of the late singer.

    Ms Brown's father, Bobby Brown, is a Grammy winner who started his career as the frontman for R&B group New Edition. Ms Brown's parents struggled with substance abuse, and Houston described their 15-year marriage - which ended in 2007 - as drug- and alcohol-fuelled.

    Brown was sentenced to 55 days in jail in 2013, after admitting to drink driving in 2012.

    Ms Brown and her grandmother, Cissy Houston, along with other relatives starred in a 14-episode reality show on cable channel Lifetime, The Houstons: On Our Own, about their struggle to cope after Houston's death.

    Ms Brown's Twitter feed over the past year included motivations to work out, quotes from celebrities on being true to oneself, loving messages for her husband and remembrances of her mother.