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Whitney Houston's daughter Kristina Brown in an induced coma





The daughter of the late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown was placed in a coma to stop brain swelling after she was found face down and unresponsive in a bath in her Georgia home at the weekend, family friend Kim Burrell said yesterday.

Bobbi Kristina Brown (21, inset) has been hospitalised in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell since being found in the bath by her husband on Saturday.

In a statement, her family said they were by her side as she fights for her life.

Burrell, a gospel singer who was close to Houston, said Brown’s loved ones were hoping for the best after doctors put her in an induced coma.

“Her eyes did move a little bit,” Burrell said. “We’re hoping that it’s just not a reflex. We’re hoping that it’s a conscious choice.”

Police and hospital officials have not commented on Brown’s condition or said what happened to her in the bath.

The circumstances are reminiscent of Houston’s death three years ago.

The megastar singer and actress drowned in a hotel bath in Beverly Hills on February 11, 2012. Authorities said cocaine use and heart disease contributed to the six-time Grammy Award winner’s death at the age of 48.

Houston won accolades for hit songs including I Will Always Love You and I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

She divorced Bobby Brown in 2007 after a stormy 15-year marriage during which both struggled with substance abuse.