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Saturday 10 December 2016

Whitney daughter Bobbi (22) 'finally at peace with God'

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 22, some six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in an incident at her Atlanta home.

Bobbi, whose father is R&B singer Bobby Brown, was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her home by her partner and a friend on January 31. She was moved by her family to hospice care on June 24.

"She is finally at peace in the arms of God," her family said. "We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."

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Media crews and fans gathered on a cul de sac in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, where ornate street lamps illuminated the ivy-covered brick nursing home where Brown died.

"We just wanted to show our respect," said Ali Joyner (15), who persuaded her mother and a neighbour to drive the 20 miles from their home in Dacula.

"I just loved her mom, Whitney, and Bobbi is part of that."

Bobbi'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 the age of 48. Authorities said cocaine abuse and heart disease contributed to Houston's death in February 2012.

Bobbi Kristina Brown inherited her mother's fortune.

A $10m (€9m) civil lawsuit filed last month accuses Bobbi's partner, Nick 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.

Bobbi was an aspiring singer who began performing with her mother as early as 1999, singing duets of My Love is Your Love. In 2003 they recorded another duet of Little Drummer Boy for a holiday album.

Her father is a Grammy Award winner who started his career as frontman for the R&B group New Edition.

Houston and Brown both struggled with substance abuse and divorced when their daughter was 14. Houston described their 15-year marriage, which ended in 2007, as drug and alcohol-fueled.

The couple's tempestuous relationship and often erratic behaviour was chronicled in the short-lived television series, Being Bobby Brown.

Bobbi was hospitalised twice with anxiety after her mother's death.

In 2012 she starred on Lifetime's reality TV show, The Houstons: On Our Own, in which Houston's family struggled to recover from the singer's death.

The same year Bobbi guest-starred on For Better or Worse, a TV series about a married couple.

Her brief, chaotic life was never really her own. Born and raised in the shadow of fame and litigation and shattered by the loss of her mother, she was overwhelmed by the achievements and demons of others before she could begin to figure out who she was.

Her demise was the most awful inheritance of all.

She did have dreams. She identified herself on Twitter as Daughter of Queen WH, Entertainer/Actress with William Morris & Co, and LAST of a dying breed.

She told Oprah Winfrey shortly after her mother's death that she wanted to carry on her legacy by singing, acting and dancing, but her career never took off.

Houston, known as America's Sweetheart, was an impossible act to follow.

She sold more than 50 million records in the US alone during her career. Her voice, an ideal blend of power, grace and beauty, made classics out of songs like Saving All My Love For You, I Will Always Love You and The Greatest Love Of All.

She earned six Grammys and starred in the films The Bodyguard and The Preacher's Wife.

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