Bobby Brown led mourners into Atlanta’s St. James United Methodist Church on Saturday (Aug 1) for a private funeral service in honour of his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. The 22-year-old passed away on July 26 after failing to regain consciousness following an incident at her home in January.
The death of Whitney Houston’s beloved daughter comes only three years after the iconic singer died from an accidental drowning in 2012. More than 200 guests joined together to celebrate Bobbi Kristina’s short life, including director Tyler Perry. The service featured moving performances by her grandmother, Cissy Houston, who sang “The Lord is My Shepherd,” and a rendition of "I Love the Lord" by R&B singer Monica. Fittingly, the funeral procession was set to sounds of Whitney’s beautiful rendition of “Jesus Loves Me.”
Bobbi Kristina’s untimely death has devastated both the Brown and Houston families, so understandably emotions were running high during the short service of remembrance. Bobby Brown’s sister, Leolah Brown, abruptly left the church, telling well wishers outside that she was angry with Whitney’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston. “I told her that Whitney is going to haunt her from the grave,” she reportedly said. Tensions between the two families have escalated over the past few months as the two sides disagreed on how to proceed with medical care for Bobbi Kristina. Leolah returned to the service shortly after her outburst.
Bobby left a heartbreaking note on his daughter's coffin that read, "I also will always love you. Love Daddy." Saying farewell to his little girl has been bittersweet for the singer, as it comes only weeks after he and his wife, Alicia Etheredge, welcomed their second child together, daughter Bodhi.
Following the service, Bobbi Kristina was reportedly flown to New Jersey where she will rest peacefully, buried next to her cherished mother.