Judge orders release of Bobbi Kristina Brown's autopsy results

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Posted: Mar 03, 2016 12:41 PM

By David Beasley

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Autopsy results for Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, could be released on Thursday after a judge in Georgia ordered the report to be unsealed.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, died in July after months in a coma. She had been found unconscious and unresponsive in a bathtub in her north Atlanta home in January 2015.

Prosecutors opposed the report’s release, arguing in a court document that it would "compromise the integrity" of an ongoing criminal investigation into the celebrity daughter's death.

Last August, the conservator of Bobbi Kristina Brown's estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit accusing her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, of causing the death. A spokesman for Gordon called the lawsuit "slanderous and meritless."

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk told Reuters he unsealed the autopsy report on Thursday at the request of Atlanta television station WXIA and it could be made public later in the day.

Newkirk said prosecutors told him the criminal probe is ongoing. A spokeswoman for the Fulton County District Attorney's office did not return an email or phone call requesting comment.

Brown was an aspiring singer and the only child of the late Houston. Brown's death came three years after her Grammy-award-winning mother drowned in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel. Cocaine abuse and heart disease contributed to Houston's death in 2012 at age 48, authorities said.

(Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Chris Reese)