UPDATED: 10:30 p.m. ET —
New details have been coming to light in the days after Bobby Brown Jr. was found dead in his Los Angeles home earlier this week. The developments followed the 28-year-old’s family and girlfriend addressing the latest fatal tragedy to affect singer Bobby Brown‘s family.
Bobby Brown Jr. was suffering from an illness in the days before his death Wednesday, his father’s lawyer said.
“Bobby Brown Jr. was not feeling well a couple days before his death, with flu-like symptoms,” Christopher Brown, Esq. of Brown & Rosen LLC, said in a statement. “This is a tragic loss and we will be letting the authorities conduct their investigation of his death. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time and there will be no further comments.”
It was unclear if whatever ailment he had contributed to his death. That information has been “deferred pending additional information,” the coroner’s office said Friday.
Bobby Brown briefly addressed his namesake son’s death in a statement released Thursday night.
“Please keep my family in your prayers at this time. Losing my son at this point in our lives has devastated my family. There are no words to explain the pain,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bobby Brown Jr.’s most recent social media activity provided a glimpse into his mindstate befre he was found dead this week. In particular, a series of tweets centered on his girlfriend suggest he was deeply in love with a woman he affectionately referred to as “wifey” in one tweet he pinned to the top of his Twitter timeline just this past Sunday.
The relationship he shared with a woman identified as Anna Reed was coming into focus after she broke her silence following his death on Wednesday.
Earlier that same day, Brown tweeted about his devotion to Reed, suggesting he was monogamous and loyal to her.
Three days earlier, he tweeted several photos of the two of them and captioned the social media post with two words: “Wifey Alert.”
That was on the same day that Brown tweeted at Reed to declare, “I LOVE YOU.”
The feeling was apparently mutual as Reed took to Twitter on Thursday to mourn Brown Jr.’s death in a tweet that described him in part as “an angel” and her “soul mate.”
Reed also tweeted a provocative photo of the two of them on Saturday.
Earlier that day, Reed suggested in a tweet that her relationship with Brown prompted “all his ex’s” to “keep hating.”
That seemed to be what Brown was referring to in a tweet he posted the next day that was accompanied by the hashtag, “#happilytaken.”
Brown, a budding singer whose namesake father became an R&B superstar in the 1980s, was found dead by emergency medical technicians responding to a call Wednesday afternoon. It was unclear who notified the authorities. Los Angeles Police Department public information officer Jeff Lee told USA Today it didn’t appear that there was any evidence of foul play. TMZ reported Bobby Brown’s death first Wednesday evening.
He was apparently in the process of trying to launch his own successful singing career. Posts from his Instagram show he was prepping a music video for a song called “Say Something” back in September.
His music on streaming services dates back to 2018.
Madame Noire noted that “Bobby Brown Jr. was featured on the short-lived Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown.”
The unfortunate situation with Brown Jr. prompted recollections of the tragic deaths of his half-sister Bobbi Kristina Brown and her mother — his former step-mother — Whitney Houston. Bobbi Kristina was just 22 years old when she died. Their untimely deaths about three years apart were both caused by accidental drownings because of drug use.
Nick Gordon, the former fiancé of Bobbi Kristina, was ultimately found responsible for her death and ordered to pay $36 million to her estate. However, Gordon was found dead after overdosing on heroin earlier this year. He was only 30 years old.
Bobby Brown Jr. was very protective of Bobbi Kristina and wasn’t thrilled about all the attention he was receiving in the wake of his sister’s death. Back in 2015, he expressed his frustrations and grief over his sister’s death in a series of since-deleted tweets.
“People really dont give a fuck about you unless your relevant, and they don’t love you till your famous or gone. I don’t want these follows,” one tweet said.
“This is real life for me, this is my life, my sister. Not a fucking trending topic,” he wrote in another tweet.
He ultimately apologized for the tweets and explained in further detail his feelings behind the reaction to his sister’s death.
“My frustration wasn’t towards people giving me their condolences, it was the fact my followers increased a lot, I find it very morbid,” he tweeted before deleting that post, as well.