BY NANCY DILLON
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS
Bobby Brown Jr.’s sudden death last year has been linked to fentanyl, officials confirmed on March 22.
The 28-year-old son of New Edition singer Bobby Brown Sr. was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Nov. 18.
His official cause of death was “combined effects of alcohol, cocaine and fentanyl,” with the manner ruled “accidental,” the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner ruled in a final autopsy report obtained by the Daily News on Monday, March 22.
The 15-page report said Bobby Jr. drank tequila, snorted three lines of cocaine and “shared” a Percocet with a friend during a social gathering that started on Nov. 17 and extended into Nov. 18.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the Percocet was a forgery laced with fentanyl, but police previously had a hold on the autopsy report’s release, suggesting a criminal investigation.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid more powerful than morphine, is the same drug that killed Prince, Tom Petty and Mac Miller.
Bobby Brown Sr., the ex-husband of singer Whitney Houston, released a statement after his son’s untimely death last year, asking for prayers.
“Losing my son at this point in our lives has devastated my family,” he said. “There are no words to explain the pain.”
The statement said Bobby Jr. “was not feeling well” and had “flu-like symptoms” before he passed away. Bobby Jr. was one of the Bobby Brown’s two children with former girlfriend Kim Ward. The couple ended their relationship in 1991, when Ward was pregnant with Bobby Jr.
The Nov. 18 tragedy followed five years after Brown, 52, lost daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, his only child with Houston. The 22-year-old sole heir to Houston’s estate was found unconscious in a bathtub with alcohol and cocaine in her system and lingered in a coma for months until she died July 26, 2015.
Her death proved eerily similar to that of her “Bodyguard” singer and actress mom, who accidentally drowned in her Beverly Hills hotel room the night before that year’s Grammy Awards.