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Bobbi Kristina's Funeral Draws Celebrities, Onlookers



    The hearse carrying the body of Bobbi Kristina Brown arrives for Saturday's funeral service at Saint James United Method Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. (Published Monday, Aug. 3, 2015)

    A memorial service in suburban Atlanta for Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late superstar Whitney Houston and ex-husband Bobby Brown, has ended.

    The service for Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, lasted about two hours and was attended by her father and other members of the Houston and Brown families. Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and former manager was also there.

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    The funeral was closed to the public, but dozens of well-wishers stood behind police barricades outside, Reuters reported.

    Bobbi Kristina, who dreamed of growing up to achieve fame like her mother, died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. For Houston fans, the scene was grimly similar to the way her megastar mother had died three years earlier.

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    She was found in the townhome she shared with Nick Gordon, an orphan three years older, whom Houston had raised as her own. Bobbi Kristina referred to him as her husband. A police report earlier this year described the incident as a drowning, and authorities are investigating her death.

    In a statement after her death, Brown said the family must find a way to honor his daughter's memory.

    "Krissy was and is an angel," he said. "I am completely numb at this time. My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory. Our loss is unimaginable."

    Bobbi Kristina was the sole heir of her mother's estate. She identified herself on Twitter as "Daughter of Queen WH," ''Entertainer/Actress" with William Morris & Co., and "LAST of a dying breed." She told Oprah Winfrey shortly after her mother's death in 2012 that she wanted to carry on Houston's legacy by singing, acting and dancing. But her career never took off.

    In her short life, Bobbi Christina became a social media sensation, sending more than 11,000 tweets and attracting 164,000 followers.