by Zach Johnson | Mon., Jul. 27, 2015 11:43 AM
UPDATE: "The initial portion of the autopsy has been completed," the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement released midday Monday. "The autopsy does not show an obvious underlying cause of death and no significant injuries were noted. No previously unknown medical conditions that could have contributed to death were identified. Additional laboratory testing will be performed. Subpoenas have been issued to obtain needed documentary information. We do not plan to complete the death certificate or determine a cause and manner of death until all test results are completed and all investigative, medical, and other documentary records are received and thoroughly reviewed. We anticipate that these processes will take several weeks."
Many questions remain following the tragic death of Bobbi Kristina Brown.
In late January, the 22-year-old daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell, Ga., home. She never fully regained consciousness and was kept on life support. In March, she was moved to a long-term care facility in the Atlanta area, and in June, she was transferred to hospice after her condition "continued to deteriorate," Pat Houston said. While Bobbi Kristina was in a coma, rumors regarding her health ran rampant.
Sadly, she died Sunday.
"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26, 2015, surrounded by her family," the Houston family confirmed to E! News in a statement late last night. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."
On Monday, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that her death had been reported "in accordance with state death investigation laws requiring investigation of known or suspected non-natural deaths." The office will determine "the cause, manner and circumstances" that led to her passing. "Despite the long interval between her being found unresponsive and her death, an autopsy will still be necessary to further evaluate possible causes of death or contributing factors."
"The time which has elapsed between the initial event on January 31 and her resulting death will complicate reconstruction of the events surrounding her initial unresponsiveness. Interpretation of autopsy findings and other information will also be challenging. However, an autopsy could be helpful to address questions which may arise about the cause of her unresponsiveness and eventual death."
Additional lab testing may take several weeks. "The Roswell Police Department continues its investigation into the circumstances preceding and surrounding the time of the original incident leading to her death," the medical examiner's office said. Because the investigation is ongoing, police will not be making a statement.
Bobbi Kristina became romantically involved with Nick Gordon after Houston's death, and tensions between the Houstons and Gordons were part of the storyline on Lifetime's short-lived 2012 reality series The Houstons: On Our Own.
Bobbi Kristina's family has been questioning the circumstances leading up to her near-drowning, with some wondering if Nick might somehow be to blame. Through it all, Nick has maintained his innocence. Still, Bobby had banned Nick from visiting Bobbi Kristina at the hospital, leading him to make public pleas for admittance. Nick, who also checked into rehab in March, currently lives with family in Florida.
Nick is also facing a $10 million lawsuit filed by Bobbi Kristina's conservators. In the papers, they accuse him of domestic abuse and stealing money. In response, Nick assembled a high-profile legal team to help him investigate what happened the day Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in her bathtub.
—Reporting by Lindsay Good
(Originally published on Monday, July 27, 2015, at 6:06 a.m. PDT.)