Bobby Brown Jr., the son of singer Bobby Brown, has been found dead at the age of 28, according to TMZ. It is the latest tragedy for Brown, who also lost another child, his daughter with songstress Whitney Houston.
The entertainment website quoted a “source close to the family” as confirming that Bobby Brown Jr. was found dead on November 18 at his home near Los Angeles. Police don’t believe the death was related to foul play, according to TMZ. The cause of death is not clear. TMZ is reporting that Brown Jr. had flu-like symptoms before he died but didn’t have COVID-19.
It’s the latest death of a child to affect Brown, who lost his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown at age 22 in 2015. She was his daughter with singer Whitney Houston; Bobby Brown Jr. was the product of Bobby’s off-and-on relationship with Kim Ward, with whom he split just two months into her pregnancy with their son, according to E!.
His girlfriend, Anna Reed, paid tribute on Twitter, writing, “The heavens gained an angel but I lost my soul mate 🥺.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Brown Jr. Was a Musical Artist & Released a New Song in September
The Boombox reported in June 2011 that Brown Jr., then 19, had just released a rap video, “Catch Me If You Can,” featuring his friends JayR and Cheatcodez. In September 2018, Bobby Brown Jr. released his first single as a recording artist, according to HotNewHipHop, a song called “Selfish.” The outlet said “his sound is definitely contemporary as he employs trap-like beat production and melodic rap in his track, as he raps about a struggling romantic relationship.”
His father wrote on Twitter at the time, “My Son … just dropped his first single ever yesterday. … I am very proud of him, i need everybody to go check it out, follow him, comment show some love ! … HES JUST GETTING STARTED.”
His latest release was the song “Say Something,” which he teased on Instagram in September 2020.
He shared this link in his Twitter profile to his music.
Brown Jr. also appeared on the TV documentary Being Bobby Brown, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and The Tyra Banks Show between 2005 and 2006.
Landon Brown, another of Bobby Brown’s seven children, posted a tribute to Brown Jr. on Instagram.
“I love you forever King,” he wrote.
Brown had posted recently about depression and quarantines. “I can’t do this quarantine s**t. It’s day 08373930847399 and I’m at the point of literally going for walks… Bruh since when tf do I wanna ‘go for a walk,'” he wrote on Twitter. In September, he noted, “Depression is a real thing.”
Brown Jr. Said His Sister’s Death Was ‘Real Life for Me … Not a … Trending Topic’
Bobbi Kristina Brown died in 2015 from what the medical examiner said was pneumonia due to drug intoxication and immersion in water, according to the Daily Mail. She had been in a coma for nearly six months. Her ex-boyfriend, Nick Gordon, was never criminally charged but was “found liable in a wrongful death lawsuit” and ordered to pay a $36 million settlement, the outlet reported. Gordon died in 2020 from a heroin overdose.
Bobby Brown Jr. criticized the attention surrounding his younger sister’s death.
“People really dont give a f*** about you unless your relevant , and they don’t love you till your famous or gone. I don’t want these follows,” he wrote on Twitter. “This is real life for me, this is my life, my sister. Not a f****** trending topic.”
According to Billboard, Bobbi Kristina Brown spent five months in a coma before dying.
Brown Jr. also chastised people who followed him on Twitter only after his sister died, writing, “Your follows ain’t gonna fill the hole in my heart , and yall gon unfollow me once you stop caring.”
He added, “People wanna be able to say they feel my pain. But nah. You f****** don’t, you have no idea. You haven’t been thru half of it.”
Brown Jr. was one of seven children of Bobby Brown, including Bobby Kristina, LaPrincia, Landon, Cassius, Bodhi and Hendrix, the Daily Mail reported. Landon Brown shared a photo of his brother on Instagram on November 18 with the caption, “I love you forever King.”
Brown Jr. Was Posting on Social Media in the Hours Before His Death
Brown Jr. had active accounts on Instagram and Twitter. He posted on Twitter in the hours before his death.
“Wifey alert,” read a post on November 15.
On November 18 at 1:20 a.m., he wrote, “If me and my girl can’t hit, I’m not hitting.”
On November 17, he wrote, “Okay so Instagram has forced me to not post stories. I honestly do not understand the update . If you can’t help me then SMD . But if you can hit me.” He wrote in another recent tweet, “Honestly hate liars, just keep it solid with me the whole way. That s*** go a LONG way.”
Ward, Brown Jr.’s mother, is the mother two of Bobby Brown’s children. Brown was arrested in 2007 at his daughter’s cheerleading competition for allegedly not showing up at a child support hearing, according to Billboard.
Brown is known for his hit album Don’t Be Cruel. In a miniseries about his life on BET, it was revealed that Brown impregnated both Houston and Ward at the same time during the filming of The Bodyguard, but Houston lost her child.
He proposed to Houston the day after he impregnated Ward, who later gave birth to Bobby Jr.’s sister, LaPrincia Brown, the miniseries revealed.
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