Bobbi Kristina Brown funeral draws crowd of onlookers
By Rich McKay
ALPHARETTA, Ga., (Reuters) - Dozens of onlookers gathered on Saturday near a Georgia church for the funeral of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of late singer Whitney Houston, who died this week, months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub.
Brown's funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, an Atlanta suburb, was private and closed to the public, but dozens of well-wishers stood behind police barricades outside.
Brown died on Sunday at a hospice, six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in a still unexplained incident at her Roswell, Georgia, home.
She was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub by her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, and a friend in January in an eerie echo of her mother's death. Whitney Houston was found drowned in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2012.
The Grammy Award winner scored numerous hits including "I Will Always Love You" and "Greatest Love of All," making her one of the most popular R&B artists ever.
Brown, whose father was R&B singer Bobby Brown, is expected to be buried on Monday next to her mother at a New Jersey cemetery.
Bobby Brown and singer Cissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina, were seen arriving at the funeral.
"My heart goes out to the family and I want them to see when they drive by that people really do care," said Maria Corkern, an Alpharetta resident among the crowd. Continued...