“There was a man on the scene when police arrived,” said Officer Jeff Lee, adding that Brown Jr. had been pronounced dead at the scene.
Bobby Brown’s agent, Nick Satmari, did not immediately respond to a phone call Thursday.
Brown Jr., who has been photographed with his famous father periodically over the years, was raised mostly in the spotlight by his mother, Kim Ward. Attempts to contact Ward, Bobby Brown̵
Now 51, Bobby Brown is a founding member of New Edition, the Rocksbury boys’ band that also includes Ricky Bell, Michael Bevins, Ronnie DeVoye and Ralph Tresvant. The band had a series of hits in the 80’s, including “Candy Girl”, “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Man on the phone. “
Brown is also a huge success as a solo artist. His 1988 album, “Don’t Be Cruel,” scored five of the top ten hits, including “My Prerogative” and “Every Little Step,” which was ubiquitous for a while and eventually won a Grammy Award for Best Vocal male R&B performance.
But Brown’s personal life is complex and at times chaotic. In addition to Bobby Jr. and LaPrincia, his children with Ward, and Bobby Christina with Houston, Brown has another son, Landon, with his ex-girlfriend Melika Williams and three children with his current wife, Alicia Etheridge.
Brown’s marriage to Houston, which was already an international superstar when the couple married in 1992, lasted 14 turbulent years. Just before the end, the couple appeared in a reality TV show called “Being Bobby Brown.” He did well in the ratings, but Brown and Houston behaved bizarrely and Bravo decided not to renew the show for a second season.
Brown was arrested at the time when he entered high school in Atlborough to see his daughter compete in a cheerleading tournament. Ward’s lawyers claimed that he did not pay the agreed child support payments for Bobby Jr. and LaPrincia.
In a 2006 Boston magazine story, Ward said her relationship with Houston was fulfilled, especially when Bobby Jr. was involved.
“There will be times when she calls me,” Ward said. “She’ll be like, ‘Oh, well, can LaPrincia come down to spend time with Chrissy while we go to such and such?’ “Hello? No! (Brown) has another child here. She has a problem with little Bobby.”
Houston was 48 when she was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the night before the 2012 Grammy Awards. The medical examiner ruled that heart disease and cocaine were contributing factors.
Circumstances were ominously similar three years later when Brown and Houston’s daughter, Bobby Christina, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home in Roswell, Georgia. She was in a coma for six months before dying in July 2015. The medical expert’s office did not determine the cause of death, but an autopsy found morphine, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her body.
Bobby Christina’s former partner, Nick Gordon, has been held responsible for his death. He died earlier this year from a heroin overdose.
“When God calls you, he calls you,” Brown told The Real, talking about his daughter with Houston. “I am sure it was her mother. . . there was a part like, “Come on, let’s get her here” … (Houston) she wasn’t comfortable alone, I guess. I just called my daughter with her. ”
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