A judge in Atlanta has ordered Bobbi Kristina Brown's partner, Nick Gordon, to pay $36 million in a wrongful death case on Thursday, according to her estate's lawyers.
Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down andunresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta home in January 2015.
Gordon, who also lived there, and a friend were listed on the police report as being in the home when investigators arrived there.
The wrongful death suit said other people were there when Brown was initially found unresponsive.
She was in a coma for six months before dying in hospice care at the age of 22 on July 26, 2015.Bobbi Kristina Brown's father Bobby Brown sits in court during a wrongful death case against his daughter's partner, Nick Gordon, on Thursday
Her death was similar to the way her mother died and drew worldwide headlines and the frenzied attention of the tabloids.
Whitney Houston's body was found face-down in a foot of water in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel just before the 2012 Grammy Awards.
Authorities found prescription drugs in the suite and evidence of heart disease and cocaine in Houston's body and determined her death was an accidental drowning.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford ruled in September that Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the civil suit.
His order said that means the conservator of her estate wins by default.
Bedford on Thursday awarded damages of $36,250,000, the estate's lawyers said in an emailed statement.
Her death was similar to the way her mother Whitney Houston (pictured together in 2011) died and drew worldwide headlines
The young woman's family blamed Gordon, accusing him in the lawsuit of giving Brown a 'toxic cocktail' before putting her face-down in the water.
Gordon, an orphan three years older whom Houston had raised as her own, has not been charged with a crime. Brown had referred to Gordon as her husband.
Gordon wasn't in court Thursday and did not have an attorney in the civil case, but his criminal defense attorneys, Joe Habachy and Jose Baez, had said in August 2015 that the allegations were baseless.
They also said that Gordon is 'heartbroken' and called the suit a 'fictitious assault.'