Bobby Brown unpacked the "generational" cycle that plagued the late members of his family on the latest Red Table Talk episode Wednesday (April 14).
His son, Bobby Brown Jr., died on Nov. 18, 2020, at age 28, and the recent autopsy report revealed the cause of death to be "combined effects of alcohol, cocaine and fentanyl." Five years earlier, his daughter and Brown Jr.'s half-sister, Bobbi Kristina, died at age 22 on July 26, 2015, after she was found unconscious in a bathtub, and ended up in a coma for six months. The autopsy revealed her cause of death to be lobar pneumonia due to "immersion of face in water complicating mixed drug intoxication." She died in a similar manner to her mother and Grammy-winning icon Whitney Houston, who died at age 48 on Feb. 11, 2012, after she was also found submerged in a bathtub. That autopsy revealed the cause of death to be accidental drowning, heart disease and the effects of cocaine use.
"Losing him was very, very unexpected, just like losing my daughter," Brown said of his son. "We were just in the studio two nights before. It was something that hit me really, really hard." But while sitting down with Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris and Willow at the red table, the Grammy-winning artist confessed he didn't know his son struggled with drugs, but was aware he experimented with them in a way that he didn't classify as being dependent on them. "He was a young man that tried the wrong stuff, and it took him out of here," the 52-year-old singer said.