Bobby Brown posted a moving tribute to his late daughter on the fourth anniversary of her passing, a day that he’s dubbed the "First Annual Bobbi Kristina Day.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown — Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s only child — died on July 26, 2015, at the age of 22, three years after she was found unconscious in a bath tub, in a scene strikingly similar to Houston’s own passing years earlier.
Four years later, Brown posted a letter addressed to his “Baby Girl” on the website for the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House, a non-profit organization that he launched in her honor shortly after her death.
“Every day I hold you close to my heart,” Brown, 50, wrote. “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. So loved and so missed.”
He continued, “In keeping the flame burning, our family has started The Bobbi Kristina Serenity House foundation that is doing great things to help others in need, the way you would have if you were here.”
“Krissi, on this special day, we honor you, we love you and we shine a light on your memory,” Brown finished.
Speaking on Instagram on Friday, Brown announced that the fourth anniversary of his daughter’s death would also mark the beginning of something else: an annual “Bobbi Kristina Day.”
“Today we recognize the first annual Bobbi Kristina Day — July 26th, 2019. We miss you so much Babygirl,” he wrote in the caption of an Instagram post sharing the letter.
After Bobbi Kristina died, a lawsuit filed by her family accused her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, of assaulting Bobbi Kristina, stealing money from her and serving her a “toxic cocktail,” USA Today reports. A judge found Gordon legally responsible for her death in 2016 and ordered him to pay her family more than $30 million dollars.
Since losing Bobbi Kristina, Brown, who has seemingly admitted to hitting Houston at least once in the past, became an advocate for domestic violence survivors. The Bobbi Kristina Serenity House was created to provide an easily accessible resource that connects domestic abuse survivors with various forms of support, according to the organization’s website. The non-profit provides crisis intervention and referral services, and may soon have a physical building, as well. The organization received a proclamation from the mayor of South Fulton, Georgia, last summer, acknowledging plans to build a domestic violence shelter that will provide emergency transitional housing as well as a 24-hour help line for survivors in need.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything. We intend on being the voice for the voiceless,’ Brown wrote in an open letter posted on the organization’s website.
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