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Whitney Houston's daughter 'fighting for her life'

Ralph Ellis, Greg Botelho and John Newsome | 2/3/2015, 10:23 a.m.
Two days after she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water at her Roswell, Georgia, home, ...
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive on Jan. 31, 2015 morning in a bathtub full of water in Roswell, Georgia, police in that Atlanta suburb said. (Photo credit: Instagram)

Daughter of acclaimed singer, R&B standout

Brown was born in 1993 during Houston's marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown, which ended in divorce in 2007.

The daughter of music royalty became a public figure during the mid-2000s reality show "Being Bobby Brown," in which she frequently appeared alongside her parents and often had a front-row seat to their marital fireworks.

Bobby Brown requested privacy in a statement issued Sunday by his lawyer, who said that Brown was at the hospital with his daughter.

"Please allow for my family to deal with this matter and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time," Bobby Brown said.

Mother and daughter performed together on national TV in 2009, when the two sang "My Love Is Your Love" in Central Park on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Given the pair's close relationship, it's no surprise that Houston's death was a major blow.

Days after her mother's body was found, a grieving Bobbi Kristina -- then 18 -- was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center because she was "overwhelmed," family friend Kim Burrell said.

"She loves hard," Burrell said then of Bobbi Kristina. "She's going to be OK, and we're going to see to it."

After Houston's death, Bobbi Kristina talked of pursuing a career in acting and music, just like her mother.

In 2012, she reportedly lobbied for a role in a planned biopic of her mother's life. Lifetime's "Whitney," which was directed by actress Angela Bassett, debuted in January 2015, but the Houston family was not involved.

Brown did make her acting debut in 2012 on Tyler Perry's TBS show "For Better or Worse." Her performance in the small role won praise from Perry.

"She did a fantastic job," he said at the time. "And that kid has a such a future. She's such an actor. "

Even before her famous mother's death, videos of Brown singing surfaced on You Tube and were quickly criticized by fans who felt her talent did not live up to Houston's.

Concerns that she may have substance abuse issues, as her mother did, intensified in July 2014 after a picture was posted on her Instagram account showing a young woman who looked like Brown appearing to be smoking from a bong.

The caption read: "This picture may be inappropriate but I want to make a connection with you all. Don't worry this picture isn't recent just hear me out. Do you know what I feel? I feel strange I can't feel any pain anymore. I don't take any drugs as of recently. Things just happened. But then there is some situation that force me to do things and the impact I'll feel pain. I did and I do. I was hurt."

Brown later denied that she posted the photo and tweeted that it was done by someone attempting to tarnish her image.

Married a man who was taken in by Houston