In a statement to TMZ on Thursday, Nov. 19, the former New Edition member said, “Please keep my family in your prayers at the time.” He added, “Losing my son at this point in our lives has devasted my family. There are no words to explain the pain.”
TMZ reported that the family said the 28-year-old was experiencing flu-like symptoms shortly before his death, according to his family. However, he did not test positive for the novel coronavirus.
Brown Jr.’s brother Landon, who initially shared a photo of the aspiring musician on his Instagram page on Wednesday following the news, shared another post on Thursday. In the clip, the two siblings were singing along to Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” “Everything hurts King….” Landon captioned the video.
As reported previously, Brown Jr. was found dead in his home in Los Angeles on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 18. In a statement, spokesman Jeff Lee revealed that officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call for a medical emergency that day around 1:59 p.m. Lee noted that no foul play was suspected.
Brown Jr.’s death comes just five years after the death of his half-sister, the late Bobbi Kristina Brown. The actress passed away in July 2015, after she was found unresponsive and not breathing in a bathtub at her home in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, Georgia, on Jan. 31 of that same year.
An autopsy revealed that drug intoxication and immersion led to pneumonia and brain damage. The 22-year-old was treated in a hospital and then in a hospice facility for nearly six months until her death.
Bobbi Kristina’s death was just another heartbreaking loss the “My Prerogative” singer would suffer. Three years before his daughter’s death, Brown lost his ex-wife and mother of his daughter Bobbi Kristina, global superstar Whitney Houston. As you may recall, the award-winning singer died on Feb. 11, 2012, after accidentally drowning in a bathtub. A coroner later ruled that heart disease and cocaine were significant factors in her death.