Judge awards damages of $36M in Bobbi Kristina death case

Bobbi Kristina Brown, Nick Gordon
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2012, file photo, Bobbi Kristina Brown, left, and Nick Gordon attend the Los Angeles premiere of "Sparkle" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. The man Whitney Houston's daughter calls her husband says he is looking for permission from Brown's family to visit her in the hospital. Gordon said in a statement through his lawyers Randy Kessler and Joe Habacy on Wednesday night, Feb. 18, 2015, that he hopes his request will be granted. The 21-year-old Bobbi Kristina has been "fighting for her life" at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta since she was found in her bathtub face-down and responsive on Jan. 31. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) – Lawyers for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate say a judge in Atlanta has ordered her partner, Nick Gordon, to pay $36 million in a wrongful death case.

Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome in January 2015. She was in a coma for six months before dying in hospice care at age 22.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford ruled in September that Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the case. His order said that meant the conservator of her estate wins by default.

The estate’s lawyers said in an emailed statement that Bedford on Thursday awarded damages of $36,250,000.

Gordon wasn’t in court Thursday. He hasn’t been criminally charged in Brown’s death.

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