New Edition founding member Bobby Brown’s son is found dead in Los Angeles


“When the police arrived, there was a person at the scene,” Constable Jeff Lee said, adding that Brown Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bobby Brown’s agent Nick Szatmari did not immediately respond to a phone message on Thursday.

Brown Jr., who had been photographed with his famous father periodically over the years, was mainly raised out of the limelight by his mother, Kim Ward. Attempts to reach Ward, Bobby Brown’s longtime former girlfriend with whom he also has a daughter, LaPrincia, failed on Thursday.

Now 51, Bobby Brown was a founding member of New Edition, the Roxbury boy group that also included Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant. The band had a string of hits in the ’80s including “Candy Girl”, “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Phone man. “

Brown has also enjoyed tremendous success as a solo artist. His 1988 album, “Don’t Be Cruel,” recorded five top ten hits, including “My Prerogative” and “Every Little Step,” which was ubiquitous for a while and ultimately won Brown the Grammy. Award for best male R&B vocal performance. .

But Brown’s personal life has been complicated and at times chaotic. In addition to Bobby Jr. and LaPrincia, his children with Ward and Bobbi Kristina with Houston, Brown has another son, Landon, with his former girlfriend, Melika Williams, and three children with his current wife, Alicia Etheredge.

Brown’s marriage to Houston, who was already an international superstar when the couple married in 1992, has spanned 14 tumultuous years. Right before the end, the couple appeared on a reality TV show called “Being Bobby Brown.” It did well in ratings, but Brown and Houston behaved oddly, and Bravo decided not to renew the show for a second season.

Around this time, Brown was arrested as he entered Attleboro High School to watch his daughter compete in a cheerleading competition. Ward’s attorneys claimed he failed to make agreed child support payments for Bobby Jr. and LaPrincia.

In a 2006 Boston Magazine article, Ward said his relationship with Houston was strained, especially when Bobby Jr. was involved.

“There will be times when she calls me,” Ward said. “She’ll say, ‘Oh, well, can LaPrincia come hang out with Krissy while we go to such and such a thing?’ Hello? No! (Brown) also has another child here. She’s having 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 coroner ruled that heart disease and cocaine were contributing factors.

The circumstances were eerily similar three years later when Brown and Houston’s daughter Bobbie Kristina 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 examiner’s office did not determine the cause of death, but an autopsy found morphine, cocaine, alcohol and drugs. prescription drugs in his body.

Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina’s former partner, has been held responsible for her death. He died earlier this year of a heroin overdose.

“When God calls you, he calls you,” Brown said on “The Real,” speaking of his daughter with Houston. “I’m pretty sure his mother was. . . had a part with like, ‘Come on let’s get her up here’… (Houston) wasn’t comfortable on her own, I guess. She just called my daughter with her.

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