Bobbi Kristina Brown's ex-boyfriend Nick Gordon dies at 30

Gordon was blamed for Brown's death in 2015 and was later ordered to pay damages to her family.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, Nick Gordon
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown attended "We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Oct. 11, 2012 in Los Angeles.Christopher Polk / Getty File
/ Source: NBC News

Nick Gordon, the ex-partner of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, has died. He was 30.

Gordon's attorney Joe S. Habachy confirmed his client's death in a statement to NBC News. The Atlanta attorney did not give a cause of death.

"My heart sunk when I heard the news," Randall M. Kessler, former attorney for Gordon, told NBC News. "This is a tragic ending to Nick’s troubled life."

Gordon's death comes nearly five years after Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in January 2015. She died after six months in a coma.

Investigators with the medical examiner’s office were not able to determine exactly how Brown died. An autopsy showed that she had morphine, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her body, but the medical examiner couldn’t determine if she killed herself, if someone else killed her or if her death was accidental.

Her family blamed Gordon, accusing him in the lawsuit of giving her a “toxic cocktail” before putting her face-down in the water.

Gordon was never charged in the case, but he was found responsible in a wrongful death lawsuit. An Atlanta judge ordered him to pay $36 million to Brown’s estate.

Houston brought Gordon into her household as an orphan at the age of 12, raising him and her daughter after divorcing Bobby Brown in 2007. Gordon wore a large tattoo of Houston’s face on his arm and called the singer “mom,” but she never fully adopted him or included him in the will. After Houston’s death, Gordon and Bobbi Kristina went public with their romance.

"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," Habachy said in a statement. "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."