Bobby Brown‘s second oldest son and namesake, Bobby Brown, Jr., has died at the age of 28.
According to TMZ, a source connected to the family stated that Bobby Jr. was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Other sources told the site that police who were at the home of Bobby Jr. don’t believe it to be a case of foul play.
Bobby Jr. is Bobby Sr.’s third child. He is one of two children that his father had with longtime ex-girlfriend Kim Ward, the other being the singer’s eldest daughter, La’Princia. Bobby Jr., La’Princia and Bobbi Kristina all appeared on Brown’s reality show, Being Bobby Brown, in 2005. Bobbi Kristina also passed away at a very young age. She was found unconscious in a bathtub in her home in January 2015 and was placed in a medically-induced coma on a ventilator to stop brain swelling. After transferring hospitals, Bobbi Kristina was eventually removed from the ventilator and put in hospice care. She passed away in July of that same year at the age of 22.
Bobby Sr. released a book called Every Little Step in 2016 about his life, and in it, he talked about being a father. When asked on GMA during a promo tour for the book how he planned to go about parenthood differently as he was expecting his seventh child, a daughter who would be named Hendrix with wife Alicia Etheredge, he said, “I’m living differently. My whole lifestyle is totally different from how I used to live. I’m getting better. I can only grow, you know, from this point from a few years ago on. I can only grow and I do not procrastinate on growing. I just try to be better and better and better every day for my family, for my kids, for my siblings, for my friends. As long as I keep trying to grow, I don’t think anything can stop what I’m growing into. I’m growing into a better man.”
Hit the flip for photos of Bobby Jr, as well as images of Brown with all of his kids on the next few pages.
As mentioned, Bobby Brown Jr. was featured on the short-lived Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown. He is pictured next to his sister La’Princia and Bobby Sr.’s late father.
BEING BOBBY BROWN — Pictured: (back row l-r) Pops Brown, Whitney Houston, Tommy Brown (front row l-r) Bobby Brown Jr., La’princia Brown, Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown (Photo by F. Scott Schafer/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Bobby Jr. is photographed with Bobby Sr., his wife and manager Alicia Etheredge, and youngest son Cassius Brown at the BET Awards in 2017.
When speaking on making changes for his family, the singer said in the past, “in order to become a grown man, in order to become significant in my family and significant in my children’s life, I had to learn my lessons.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 25: Singer Bobby Brown, wife Alicia Etheredge and sons Cassius Brown and Bobby Brown Jr. attend the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Bobby Jr. is pictured next to sister La’Princia, oldest brother Landon, stepmom Alicia and his father during an appearance on Today in 2012 following the death of Whitney Houston. All of Bobby Sr.’s children were a support to him as he dealt with the loss of his ex-wife and did so in the public eye. That being said, it’s no surprise they were by his side during his talk with former Today show host Matt Lauer.
TODAY — Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer, Bobby Brown, fiancée Alicia Etheredge, son Landon Brown, daughter La’princia Brown, son Bobby Brown Jr. — (Photo by: NBC/NBC News/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Celebrating the premiere of The Bobby Brown Story on BET, Bobby Sr., Bobby Jr. and eldest son Landon Brown were all together and all smiles at the Hollywood screening in 2018.
“They’re going to say he was a crazy [expletive], but he is only Bobby,” the singer said of people seeing his made-for-TV biopic. “I’m a better Bobby now than I was before so either accept me or not.”
HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 29: (L-R) Landon Brown, Bobby Brown Jr., and Bobby Brown attend BET and Toyota present the premiere screening of “The Bobby Brown Story” at Paramount Theatre on August 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/WireImage)
Brown is captured here with his eldest son Landon and his late father, James, or “Pops” Brown.
Brown has said that telling his own story about his life, through his biopic and book, is partly for his children.
“I don’t want my kids to grow up and have to find a magazine, or videotape or watch a television program that speaks badly about their father,” he said. “I would rather just tell my kids and show my kids, ‘This is what daddy did in his life. This is how it was back then in my life. Daddy’s not like that no more.'”
Landon Brown, Bobby Brown and dad (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Brown is seen planting a kiss on his eldest daughter La’Princia back in 2012.
Brown’s children, for the most part, seemed to have a close relationship. La’Princia has shared a photo in the past from a Christmas holiday with late sister Bobbi Kristina as well as her brother Bobby Jr. with the family all smiles. La’Princia, like her brother and Bobbi Kristina, was featured when she was young on Being Bobby Brown.
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 21: (L-R) Bobby Brown and LaPrincia Brown attend a dinner at The Darby Restaurant on April 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Brown is captured in this photo from 2002 with Whitney Houston and their daughter Bobbi Kristina. While the couple was married, Bobby, Whitney and Bobbi Kristina were always seen together.
Speaking on his late daughter in 2019, Brown wrote on Instagram, “Every day I hold you close to my heart. I think about so many of the things you used to do, from a little girl to a beautiful young lady. I just smile! It reminds me of how much I miss my little girl more and more every day.”
Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston and their daughter, Bobbi Kristina at the VH-1 Divas 2002 – Show at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Brown is captured in 2012 at the Soul Train Awards with wife Alicia and youngest son Cassius. The child, now 11, can dance very well, like his father. When Brown announced the news that Alicia was pregnant with their son, he was excited, turning 40 and healthy, maintaining his sobriety.
“I’m really excited about my new addition to my family,” he told PEOPLE at the time.
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 08: Singer Bobby Brown (R), his wife Alicia Etheridge and their son Cassius Brown are seen at the Soul Train Awards 2012 at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Centric)
The singer and wife Alicia would continue to expand their family, welcoming daughter Bodhi in 2015 and daughter Hendrix in 2016. The latter girl was a big baby, with Brown announcing his youngest was born 10 pounds. The family, along with, presumably, Alicia’s mother, can be seen above at VH1’s 3rd Annual Dear Mama celebration in 2018.
LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 03: Alicia Etheredge, Bobby Brown, Cassius Brown and daughter Bodhi Brown attend VH1’s 3rd Annual “Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms” at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
We just had to include this adorable photo of Bodhi at an event in May of 2019 posing and looking absolutely adorable. Brown has talked happily about spoiling his youngest kids, and they seem to enjoy family time together when he is not out performing.
“Familia, my babies are getting so big,’ he wrote as the caption of a picture of the couple with their kids covered in unique face paint. “Feeling great!”
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: Bohdi Brown attends The LadyLike Foundation’s 11th Annual Women of Excellence Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 11, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)