Nick Gordon, the late Whitney Houston’s unofficially adopted son and the man found legally responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, died on New Year’s Day from a drug overdose at the age of 30.
Nick’s brother Jack Walker Jr. confirmed the news to People with the following statement:
“We are devastated by the loss of my beautiful brother. He leaves a void in the hearts of my family and his friends. Nick’s battle in life was not an easy one. I will be forever grateful that my God afforded a small moment at the very end of Nick’s life, and I was able to hold his hand as he journeyed on.”
Nick’s lawyer Joe S. Habachy also released a statement.
“While I cannot speak to the specific circumstances of his death, I can say that it’s been truly heartbreaking to have witnessed first hand the total devastation that drug addiction has wreaked upon a group of young friends, all of whom were loved and had immense potential.
Despite all of the incredible challenges Nick faced over the last few years I can honestly say that he worked hard to hold his head up and stay sober and that he genuinely wanted a happy healthy life with his family more than anything else. My heart goes out to the family and friends Nick leaves behind and to any other families dealing with the losses and heartache caused by drugs”
TMZ adds that some of Nick’s family were with him as he passed, as he was hospitalized for a short time before his death, which happened in Florida. Nick had reportedly moved to Orlando a few months ago. Sources tell The Daily Mail a bit of a different story. They say that Nick was rushed to the hospital after suffering a series of heart attacks while celebrating New Year’s Eve on Tuesday night. One source claims that Nick’s friends suspected he was overdosing on drugs, dropped him off at the hospital, and bailed. He had also reportedly split from his girlfriend Laura Leal, who had previously accused him of getting violent with her.
And of course we can’t talk about Nick Gordon without mentioning the reasons why we even know of Nick Gordon in the first place. After Whitney Houston died from drowning due to coronary artery disease and drug intoxication in February 2012, we learned that Nick began living with Whitney when he was 12, and that she treated him like a son. Bobbi Kristina eventually started dating her sort-of brother, and that became a really messy situation. It was reported they had gotten married, and Bobbi Kristina called Nick her husband. Then 21-year-old Bobbi Kristina was found unconscious in a bathtub in January 2015, and we learned she and Nick we never legally married. Nick became the main suspect in a police investigation. Bobbi Kristina died six months later in hospice at the age of 22.
The official cause of death was determined to be undetermined, but medical professionals believed prescription drugs might have played a part. In 2016, a judge found Nick responsible for Bobbi’s death, and he was ordered to pay $36 million to Bobbi Kristina’s estate. The last time Nick posted on Instagram was in 2017, and it was about Bobbi Kristina.
So to say that Nick’s life was a shitty, awful roller coaster in the last years of his life would be a bit of an understatement, and things ended in a shitty way. It’s also kind of spooky. Last year, Max Lomas, the guy who found Bobbi Kristina’s unconscious body, died from a drug overdose at the age of 25. And now Nick is gone from drugs at 30. I don’t know how superstitious anyone should be about all of this, but I do know I would be a little nervous if I had anything to do with that day back in February 2012, in any capacity. The first responders, or the person who answered the 911 call, or even the real estate agent who later sold the house. Honestly, it’s enough to make you think twice about popping an Advil after a glass of wine.