The Death of Whitney Houston: A Look at the Mystery Surrounding Her Estate
The music world was left in a state of shock when Whitney Houston passed away in 2012. Her family, fans, and the industry as a whole were grieving the loss of one of the greatest selling artists of all time. However, as time passed, people became curious about what would happen to Houston’s estate. She had amassed a great fortune throughout her career, and people were asking who she had left it to: her only child, Bobbi Kristina, or her ex-husband, Bobby Brown? Did she leave it to anyone at all?
The mystery surrounding Houston’s estate deepened when her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was found unconscious in her bathtub in January 2015. At the young age of 22, Bobbi Kristina underwent several medical treatments for her injuries, but her injuries were extensive, and she was in a medically induced coma for six months. Unfortunately, Bobbi Kristina died on July 26, 2015, after being taken off life support.
It was then revealed that Whitney Houston had written her will over 20 years before her daughter’s death. She had left her estate to a trust specifically created for Bobbi Kristina. The estate was divided into two parts, with one-half going to Bobbi Kristina when she turned 21, and the other half when she reached 25. However, after Bobbi Kristina’s death, her father, Bobby Brown, and Comcast were appointed as the co-trustees of the estate. Their focus was to continue the philanthropic work that Whitney had started.
Despite these clearly outlined provisions, rumors began to circulate that Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina’s former boyfriend, may have inherited a portion of Houston’s fortune. These rumors were fueled by Gordon’s actions, which at times appeared to mimic those of a man who was trying to stake a claim on the fortune.
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina had been in a tumultuous relationship for years, and their on-again, off-again relationship had been well-documented in the media. However, after Bobbi Kristina’s death, Gordon became the center of intense media scrutiny. He had been accused of being involved in Bobbi Kristina’s death and found liable in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her estate. Several witnesses had testified that Gordon had physically abused Bobbi Kristina and had provided her with a lethal cocktail of drugs before her death.
Although it had been widely reported that Gordon and Bobbi Kristina were married, there was no evidence to support this claim. It appeared that Gordon was simply a longtime friend of Bobbi Kristina’s family who had come to live with them after his own family had fallen apart. However, Gordon acted as though he had a claim to Houston’s estate. He posted pictures of himself carrying her Grammy awards on social media and behaved in ways that suggested he was entitled to her fortune.
The reality is that Gordon was not mentioned in Houston’s will, and there was no legal basis for him to inherit any part of her estate. His behavior was widely denounced by both the Houston family and the media, and he has been largely ostracized from the entertainment industry since Bobbi Kristina’s death.
In conclusion, the mystery of Whitney Houston’s estate has been a topic of intense speculation since her untimely death in 2012. While people were initially curious about what would happen to her riches, the possibility that Nick Gordon may have inherited a portion of it turned the conversation into more of a scandal. However, the reality is that Houston’s will clearly spelled out her wishes for her estate, leaving it to her daughter’s trust. Any attempts by others to stake a claim on her fortune were and remain legally baseless.
As society continues to grapple with the aftermath of Houston and Bobbi Kristina’s deaths, it is clear that their legacies will continue to reverberate for many years to come. The questions surrounding Houston’s estate remain, but ultimately, her wishes were clear, and her fortune went where she intended it to go. The important work that she started will continue through the philanthropic efforts of the estate, ensuring that her legacy and impact will continue to live on.