Nick Gordon – Jan. 1
Nick’s attorney, Joe Habachy, confirmed his client had passed away at age 30, according to CNN.
“My heart is heavy today after learning that my long time client Nick Gordon died,” Joe said in 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.”
Meanwhile, People reports Jack Walker, Jr., Nick’s brother, confirmed Nick passed away from an overdose.
“We are devastated by the loss of my beautiful brother,” Jack told the publication in a statement. “He fills 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.”
Whitney Houston’s family began raising Nick when he was just 12 years old. He eventually went on to become Bobbi’s boyfriend after Whitney died in 2012. Bobbi later passed away in 2015, after spending six months in a coma following being found unresponsive in a bathtub.
A civil case that came out of Bobbi’s death later found Nick legally responsible for her passing, putting him on the hook for US$36 million, which he was required to pay to Bobbi’s estate.
On Feb. 7, E! News published a story in which it stated that it had received an autopsy report that listed Nick’s cause of death as heroin toxicity and the manner of death was accidental.
Jack Walker, Jr., Nick’s father, told the Daily Mail “everything was good” with his son leading up to New Year’s Eve. The publication also reported Nick suffered several heart attacks on New Year’s Day and was taken to Altamonte Springs Hospital in Altamonte Springs, Fla., where he passed away.
“I spoke with Nick during the day,” he said. “He seemed happy, he seemed calm, everything was going good.
“He was a free spirit, he was in a good state of mind,” he continued. “Everything that Nick was doing was great. He told me 2020 was going to be better than 2019.”
Jack initially reacted with total devastation to the news on Facebook.
“God why did I have to lose my brother on New Year,” he wrote. “All I can do is cry. I love you so much big brother, I hope you heard me talking to you at your bedside. You are with me and I can feel it. I love you, I love you, I love you. Watch over me and your nieces.”
Funeral arrangements for Nick have not been announced yet.
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