Bobby Brown’s son, Bobby Brown Jr., has died at 28.
The younger Bobby was born to Brown and Kim Ward, with whom Brown had an 11-year off-and-on relationship. TMZ, who reported the news Wednesday evening, says that while police are still at Brown’s LA-area home, foul play is not suspected.
Ward gave birth to Brown Jr., the second of her two children with Brown — whom she had known since they were children — less than a year before Brown and Whitney Houston had their daughter Bobbi Kristina. In a 2016 interview with Boston Magazine, Ward claimed that Houston never warmed to the boy and preferred that Bobbi spend time with Brown and Ward’s older child, La’Princia, saying “[Houston] has a problem with little Bobby.”
Ward and Brown’s relationship was fraught before the deaths of Houston and Bobbi Kristina. In 2007, he was jailed over delinquent child-support payments to Ward, eventually being freed when a DC-area radio station paid his debt.
Three days after Bobbi Kristina’s death in 2015, Bobby Jr., also an aspiring musician, spoke out on Twitter about people who flocked to follow him.
“People really don’t give a f–k about you unless you’re relevant,” he wrote in a since-deleted thread, “and they don’t love you till you’re famous or gone. I don’t want these follows. Your follows ain’t gonna fill the hole in my heart, and y’all gon unfollow me once you stop caring.”
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