Bobby Brown Jr. told friends he was sick and eerily predicted his death hours before he died, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The music artist and son of music legend Bobby Brown was congested and coughing intensely on the phone with a friend the day before he died, the friend said in an exclusive interview.
Karey Graves, a friend of the late rapper, told DailyMail.com Brown Jr. had also suffered from a heart condition from a young age.
‘He told me a long time ago that he was born with a heart condition, and when he called me on Tuesday he was saying how he was sick and how you never know what you’ll die from,’ she said.
‘It was eerie, like he knew something was going to happen, but wouldn’t seek medical help because he has a phobia of hospitals.’
Graves, also an artist, speculated that Brown Jr. may have caught the coronavirus.
Bobby Brown Jr. told friends he was sick and eerily predicted his death hours before he died, DailyMail.com can reveal. He was congested and coughing intensely on the phone with a friend the day before he died, the friend said in an exclusive interview
The 28-year-old is the son of music legend Bobby Brown. He is the second child R&B singer Bobby Brown has lost after the death of his daughter with Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina, who was found unconscious in a bathtub in 2015
Karey Graves (pictured), a friend of the late rapper, told DailyMail.com Brown Jr. had also suffered from a heart condition from a young age. ‘He told me a long time ago that he was born with a heart condition, and when he called me on Tuesday he was saying how he was sick and how you never know what you’ll die from,’ she said. ‘It was eerie, like he knew something was going to happen, but wouldn’t seek medical help because he has a phobia of hospitals’
Bobby Brown Jr. lived inside this gated community in Encino, California. It’s unclear who raised the alarm but he was found dead on Wednesday afternoon
‘From my view, I feel like he had covid or maybe another illness that didn’t make it easy for his pre-existing heart condition. He definitely knew something was going to happen.
‘It sounded like a super bad cold. A heavy voice that sounded congested and I heard him cough intensely too when he got up to get a drink,’ she said.
‘We weren’t on good terms before he reached out and he called me out of the blue after texting me that he NEEDED to talk to me. He hammered in the fact that he loved me and wished we could be together. It was all so weird.’
The 28-year-old musician was found dead at his father’s home in an Encino gated community on Wednesday afternoon.
‘On November 18, 2020, around 1:50 p.m., officers from LAPD West Valley Division responded to a call of a medical emergency at 5200 White Oak Avenue,’ Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.
‘Officers discovered a male, unconscious, and not breathing. The male was identified as Bobby Brown Jr (son of Bobby Brown Sr) and was pronounced at scene. The Coroner’s Office was notified and is handling the investigation, there is no evidence of foul play.’
A spokesperson for LA County Dept. of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Bobby Brown Jr – full name Robert Barisford Brown Jr – was pronounced dead at 2.03pm at the home in Encino. The Deputy Medical Examiner is scheduled to examine the body later Thursday to determine a cause and manner of death.
Graves told DailyMail.com that the Brown family were keeping any information they do have about his death to themselves for now.
Brown Jr.’s cousin, rapper Ayo Sk3tch, said family members in Atlanta were planning to fly in ready for a funeral and memorial service for the R&B legend’s son – but added that he and the wider family did not know the circumstances surrounding Brown Jr.’s death.
The 28-year-old musician was found dead at his father’s home in an Encino gated community on Wednesday afternoon
Bobby Jr. with his girlfriend, Anna Reed. They gushed over one another on social media
Bobby Jr.’s girlfriend Anna wrote a message on Twitter after learning the news
Brown Jr.’s cousin, rapper Ayo Sk3tch (pictured together), said family members in Atlanta were planning to fly in ready for a funeral and memorial service for the R&B legend’s son – but added that he and the wider family did not know the circumstances surrounding Brown Jr.’s death
A close friend and fellow musician, Geo Moya, said he was trying to hold it together after learning of Brown Jr.’s passing.
‘I’m just trying to be as positive as I can be. I know the type of person Bobby was, he would just want me especially to hold everybody together,’ he told DailyMail.com.
‘He was a good person. He was raised right. He had respect. He was just a beacon of light. The way that Bobby was with everybody, he’s a solid person.
‘Everybody respected bobby for him being the person who always thought logically.’
Moya, who met Brown Jr. in Vegas about 18 months ago, said he became close with the Brown family and would regularly make music in the studio with Bobby Brown Sr. and his son.
Moya said: ‘Me and him took a real close liking to each other. I moved back to California. Every chance I got I kicked it with Bobby. I always hit him up.
‘Every time I would go out to Hollywood, to the Hills, I would call Bobby and we would link up.
‘We would celebrate life. We had talks of me becoming his manager for music. He liked the way I conducted my label.
‘He was in the beginning stages of putting his album out. I met up with his dad and instantly I felt like we were family.
‘I was raised in the same environment of musically-inclined people. When I met Big Bobby we clicked instantly and we made music for hours on end.’
Moya said he woke up from a nap on Wednesday to find his friend had died.
‘I had a bunch of calls saying Bobby’s dead. I didn’t think of little Bobby at first, I thought of Big Bobby. I looked on Instagram, I didn’t see anything, then I looked online and saw. I burst into tears,’ he said.
A friend told DailyMail.com that Brown Jr.’s family history weighed on the hip-hop artist, and he felt a pressure to avoid drugs and scandal that dogged his father’s tumultuous life. Pictured: Bobby Brown and Bobby Jr. in 2016
From back row left: Bobby Brown Jr. is pictured, front left, with the Houston-Brown family in 1999 when he was seven. Next to him is his half-sister La’Princia Brown, behind him is his paternal grandfather Pops Brown. Whitney Houston is shown in the back, with one arm draped around Bobby Brown. His brother Tommy is next to him and clutching a dog in the front is Bobby and Whitney’s only child, tragic Bobbi Kristina, who died in 2015
Bobbi Kristina died in 2015. Nick Gordon, her ‘adopted brother’ turned fiance, died this year from a heroin overdose
After hearing of Brown Jr.’s death, Moya posted a video of the last time the two were together – drinking mimosas in a Los Angeles hotel suite. ‘I didn’t know the last time I saw him was going to be the last time ever,’ Moya said.
‘He was at my house for two days. He came with me to buy my first motorcycle. I was just thinking about that today. We lived a really musically inclined, really good, fast-paced life.’
Moya said he kept in regular contact with Brown Jr., and didn’t notice any signs of depression in the 28-year-old, who had recently begun a new relationship with a 21-year-old woman.
‘We tap in with each other weekly if not daily,’ the musician said. ‘But you never know what type of depression people are holding on to. I would hope that’s not the case.’
He told DailyMail.com that Brown Jr.’s family history weighed on the hip-hop artist, and he felt a pressure to avoid drugs and scandal that dogged his father’s tumultuous life.
‘He kept it real straight-faced in the public eye. He made sure he kept his persona because of who his father was, and the negative aspects of how he was looked at in the media’s eye,’ Moya said.
‘I kept in talks with him about that. I said, ”You have to conduct yourself on a higher level because of who your father is and the stereotypes that a lot of people have. Let’s not ignore the elephant in the room”.
‘He never used drugs, not that I know of. We would drink and stuff, but that’s pretty much it, a normal amount.’
BOBBY BROWN’S HEARTBREAK AND A TRAGIC FAMILY
Brown and Houston had a famously tumultuous relationship which was addled with drug addiction, alcoholism and domestic violence.
The pair met in 1989 and married in 1992. She gave birth to Bobbi Kristina the following year.
As her career skyrocketed, thanks in part to The Bodyguard, which came out four months after they married, the marriage began to fracture.
One bone of contention was Whitney’s relationship with Robyn Crawford, her longtime female friend who says the pair were romantically involved.
By 1996, Whitney was doing drugs daily. She would later describe in interviews how she and Bobby laced their marijuana with other drugs.
In 2003, he was arrested for hitting her. She stuck by him through the proceedings. She eventually filed for divorce in 2006.
In 2012, Whitney was found unconscious in the bathtub in her room at The Beverly Hilton hotel. She died in the hospital later.
Bobbi Kristina was found unconscious in a bathtub at her home in Georgia, in January 2015. She went into a coma and was kept on life support for six months before she died due to severe brain damage.
The medical examiner found cannabis, alcohol and prescription drugs in her system but gave a cause of death as ‘undetermined’ because he was unable to find whether it was deliberate or accidental.
It was suspected that Bobbi Kristina may have been injured by her ex-boyfriend Nick Gordon during an argument, but he was never charged.
Gordon died in January this year from a heroin overdose at the age of 31.
He had been found liable for Bobbi Kristina’s death at a civil trial and was ordered to pay her family $36million.
BOBBY BROWN JR
Bobby Brown Jr. was found dead at his home in Encino on Wednesday at the age of 28.
The cause of death has still not been given.