By Kate Brumback and Jeff Martin
ATLANTA – Bobbi Kristina Brown had morphine, cocaine, pot and prescription drugs in her body when she went underwater in a bathtub, causing brain damage that left her in a coma for six months, and an autopsy report released Friday said investigators could not determine if her death was intentional or accidental.
The revelations come after months of speculation about how she died, including a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her estate against her partner, Nick Gordon, accusing him of giving her a “toxic cocktail” and putting her face down in water.
The medical examiner’s office said it couldn’t figure out whether it was a suicide or a homicide so it classified the manner of death as “undetermined.”
Randy Kessler, an attorney for Gordon, said he was not surprised by the findings.
“He’s always maintained his innocence. I personally hope this puts to rest all the negativity surrounding him,” Kessler said.
The daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome Jan. 31, 2015, and died at age 22 in hospice care July 26.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office in Atlanta said it reviewed medical records, investigative files and other documents. Marijuana and alcohol were involved in the death, along with medications used for sedation or to treat anxiety. Morphine was also involved, and “it could not be determined from toxicology tests whether the morphine resulted from heroin use,” the medical examiner’s statement said.
“The underlying cause of death is the condition which starts the downhill course of events leading to death and in this case is the immersion associated with drug intoxication,” the medical examiner’s office said.
“Death was clearly not due to natural causes, but the medical examiner has not been able to determine whether death was due to intentional or accidental causes, and has therefore classified the manner of death as Undetermined.”
A judge on Thursday had granted a request filed by media organizations to unseal the autopsy.
“For news affiliates to seek and obtain my daughter’s autopsy report, before anyone has been brought to justice for her death, is mind blowing to me. Please pray for my family,” her father, Bobby Brown, said in a statement released by his attorney.
Bobby Brown also noted that Friday is his late daughter’s birthday.
“First and foremost, 23 years ago today, Bobbi Kristina was born. Krissy will always live in my heart and soul. I love my baby girl,” Bobby Brown said.
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