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Thursday 14 December 2017

Family deny reports that daughter of Whitney Houston is now brain dead

Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon, pictured at a Hollywood film premiere in 2012 (AP)
Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon, pictured at a Hollywood film premiere in 2012 (AP)
BOBBI BROWN

The only child of the late singer Whitney Houston has not been taken off life support or declared brain dead, a family source has said, five days after Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face down in a bathtub at her Georgia home.

The source, who asked not to be identified, said media reports that Brown, Houston’s daughter with singer Bobby Brown, had no brain activity were incorrect.

Bobbi Kristina’s cousin Jerod Brown said on social media that doctors were not optimistic about the 21-year-old aspiring singer’s chances.

“Though it seems the odds are against her, though doctors don’t see any hope for change ... though it looks impossible for her to stand again STILL PRAY FOR BK,” Jerod Brown said.

Few details about Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition have been released. Her family has said she was fighting for her life after being rushed to a hospital in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell on Saturday.

Police said they responded to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s home in reference to a drowning. Her partner and a friend found her unresponsive in the tub and performed CPR.

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Houston, a six-time Grammy Award winner and actress who battled substance abuse, drowned in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, on February 11, 2012. Authorities said cocaine use and heart disease contributed to her death.

Her daughter is receiving treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, according to CNN and other media outlets. The hospital would not confirm she was a patient there, but the hospital in Roswell that initially provided treatment said she was no longer under its care.

Family friend and gospel singer Kim Burrell said that doctors had put the young woman in a medically induced coma to stop brain swelling.

Police said they were investigating the circumstances that led to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s hospitalisation.

Jerod Brown asked people to “let the detectives do their jobs” and to stop speculating.

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