Nick Gordon, the controversial former boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, died Wednesday in Florida of a suspected drug overdose. He was 30.
“God why did I have to lose my brother on New Years,” Gordon’s brother Junior Walker wrote on Facebook. “All I can do is cry.”
Hours later, Walker took to Facebook again to say he was devastated.
“I never in a million years thought I’d be writing this for my ace. I was there through every step. We all love you no matter what and we’ll all stay strong for you,” he shared in the post. “New Years didn’t have to start like this, and you just told me you had to see me for New Years, but I’m blessed I got to talk to you last night. You will forever be my best friend. Nobody will ever take your place.”
The Daily Mail, which was among the first outlets to report news of Gordon’s death, said he was rushed to a hospital during New Year’s Eve celebrations. The outlet said Gordon suffered multiple heart attacks after he was hospitalized and died a short time later.
The circumstances surrounding his death have not yet been confirmed.
Gordon made headlines in 2012, when he and Bobbi Kristina — the daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston — announced on social media that they were engaged.
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The two had grown up together after Houston took Gordon in, and they were said to be like brother and sister. Their relationship raised eyebrows and prompted criticism that Gordon was after Bobbi Kristina’s money, because she was the sole heir of Houston’s estate.
After Bobbi Kristrina and Gordon became tabloid staples, a Houston family representative released a statement insisting they were not engaged.
Bobbi Kristina was found face down in a bathtub at the home she shared with Gordon in Alpharetta, Georgia on January 31, 2015. She had drugs in her system and spent six months in a coma before she died at age 22 in July 2015.
Gordon’s death comes three years after he was found liable for the wrongful death of Bobbi Kristina in a civil case, and ordered by a judge to pay $36 million to her estate.
Authorities in Georgia launched an investigation, but criminal charges were never filed. Gordon insisted he did nothing wrong.