Los Angeles - Nick Gordon has been found "legally responsible" for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown.
The 22-year-old aspiring actress - who was the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston - tragically passed away in 2015, six months after being found unresponsive in her bathtub, and a judge has now ruled her former fiancé is legally responsible after he failed to show at two civil wrongful death hearings.
Speaking outside of court, R David Ware, a lawyer for the conservator of Bobbi Kristina's estate, said: "In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown. The court agrees with us, by striking Mr. Gordon's answer that he is legally responsible for her death.
"The only thing left to prove is the value of her life. We intend to do that ... It's not a criminal case but it doesn't have to be. We want to legally establish he was responsible for her injuries that proceeded her death and we've done that today."
Whilst the late star's aunt Leolah Brown added: "It's been a long time. They should have gotten him. He should have been arrested. I'm angry. I'm angry because I want to see some justice. Something has to happen and it has to happen soon."
The decision comes soon after Nick claimed Bobbi Kristina's death was her own fault.
He said: "What happened to Krissy was Krissy's own doing, sad as it is ...
"Krissy suffered anxiety attacks. We became terrified of the bath, I didn't even like deep water. She would drink wine bottle after bottle. She'd drink to blot out the pain and it always got worse near the anniversary of Whitney's death and her birthday in August."
Fulton County Superior Court Judge T Jackson Bedford said because Nick had failed to appear, he did not challenge the allegations made against him by Brown's estate, Atlanta's 11Alive reports.
A jury will now decide what amount of damages Nick will pay the conservator. The Brown estate had filed a lawsuit for $50m in damages.
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