BY MIKE SCHNEIDER | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The ex-partner of singer Whitney Houston’s late daughter was found unresponsive in a central Florida hotel room and later died, authorities said Thursday.
Paramedics were called to Nick Gordon’s hotel room in Maitland, a suburb of Orlando, early Wednesday morning to check on an unresponsive man, according to a statement from the Maitland Police Department.
The paramedics in the Sheraton hotel room began treating Gordon, who was identified in the police statement as Nicholas Bouler. Maitland Police Detective James Anderson told The Associated Press that Bouler is Gordon’s legal name.
Gordon was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
DailyMail.com was the first to report Gordon’s death.
Anderson said he couldn’t offer any further details on what happened to Gordon since the case is under investigation. The detective wouldn’t say if it was a criminal investigation.
Gordon’s death comes nearly five years after Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a Georgia bathtub in January 2015. The 22-year-old died after six months in a coma. Houston died in 2012 after she drowned in a bathtub.
Investigators with the medical examiner’s office were not able to determine exactly how Bobbi Kristina Brown died. An autopsy showed that she had morphine, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her body, but the medical examiner couldn’t determine if she killed herself, if someone else killed her or if her death was accidental.
Her family blamed Gordon, accusing him in the lawsuit of giving her a “toxic cocktail” before putting her face-down in the water.
Gordon was never charged in the case, but he was found responsible in a wrongful death lawsuit. An Atlanta judge ordered him to pay $36 million to Brown’s estate.
Roswell, Georgia, police in 2015 forwarded their investigation into the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr.’s office, giving him their investigative files, police have said.
“We too are just learning of Mr. Gordon’s passing,” Howard said in a statement Thursday. “In light of his death, we will make an assessment in terms of how to move forward, and we will make an announcement regarding our decision when it is appropriate to do so.”