Nick Gordon has died, according to the Daily Mail. The site reported that Gordon suffered “a series of heart attacks” after he was rushed to Altamonte Springs Hospital in Florida on New Year’s Day. It is suspected that the 30-year-old overdosed on drugs.
“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,” Gordon’s brother, Jack Walker Jr., told People Magazine in a statement, confirming Gordon’s death.
Walker Jr. also posted a few updates on Facebook after learning about his brother’s passing, including the one below where he said that Gordon “will forever be [his] best friend.”
Although Gordon appeared to have an Instagram account, he was not active on social media. The last post uploaded to his apparent account on the photo-sharing platform was back in 2017.
Gordon Was Raised By Singer Whitney Houston & Ended Up Falling In Love With Her Daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown
Gordon was extremely close to the woman who raised him — Whitney Houston. Understandably, he had a very hard time when Houston died in 2012 — and things only got worse for him in the years that followed.
Gordon became engaged to Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. The two grew very close over the years and their relationship was strengthened after Houston’s tragic death. Three years later, Bobbi Kristina was found unconscious in a bathtub — similar to how her mother was found. She was rushed to the hospital and placed in a medically induced coma, where she remained for six months.
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Tests showed that a variety of drugs were in her system at the time she was found. Despite various reports of Bobbi Kristina being brain dead and others of her opening her eyes, she was taken off of life support on July 26, 2015. She was just 22-years-old.
Gordon Was Found Liable For Bobbi Kristina’s Death In 2017
Two years later, Gordon was found liable for Bobbi Kristina’s death in a wrongful death lawsuit. As a result, he was ordered to pay $36 million to Bobbi Kristina’s estate. He was never criminally charged in the case.
While Bobbi Kristina was in a coma, Gordon seemed to make a conscious effort to turn his life around. In 2015, he sat down with Dr. Phil McGraw and ended up going to rehab for drug abuse shortly thereafter. Even after Bobbi Kristina’s death, Gordon seemed to be doing okay. In 2016, his lawyer told Us Weekly that his client was working as a landscaper in Orlando, Florida.
“Nick has continued to pursue sobriety and spends most of his time with family and working out,” his lawyer explained.
Gordon Was Arrested A Few Times After Trouble With His Girlfriend, Laura Leal
While Gordon may have disappeared from the public eye after that particular case was closed, additional trouble persisted in his personal life and he found himself back in the news once more.
In June 2017, Gordon was arrested on domestic battery and false imprisonment charges after his girlfriend, Laura Leal, filed a police report against him. She alleged that he had beaten her and held her in her home. Those charges were dropped, but that wasn’t the end of the domestic accusations from Leal. She went on to accuse her boyfriend of hitting her in the face while she was driving. At the time, a judge issued a no-contact order, which Gordon violated and he wound up getting arrested — again. Despite Leal’s attempts to end the no-contact order, a judge did not comply.
In April 2018, however, Leal denied her claims against Gordon while under oath. According to The Blast, Gordon ended up not being charged in the case.
It’s unknown if Gordon and Leal were still dating at the time of his death.