Exclusive reports came in on New Year's Day that Nick Gordon, the ex-boyfriend of Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, had passed away.
Gordon had led a life marred by tragedy and controversy, the most memorable being his apparent involvement in Brown's death in 2015.
But the dispatch audio revealed some truly graphic details about his death.
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Sadly, the late Whitney Houston wasn't only known for her music...
via: ShutterstockHer drug abuse and a tumultuous marriage to musician Bobby Brown was widely reported on in the media, including a hugely controversial documentary series.
The pair met in 1989.
via: Getty ImagesAnd after a whirlwind romance, they welcomed their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, on March 4th, 1993.
In spite of her musical pedigree, Bobbi Kristina did not have an easy life.
via: ShutterstockHer father was in and out of court for several drug-related run-ins with the law, while both her parents continued to struggle with their addictions.
When Bobbi Kristina was fourteen, her parents divorced.
via: Getty ImagesHouston was granted full custody of her daughter, and the pair remained very close during the troubled time.
But, in 2012, tragedy struck.
via: Getty ImagesHouston was found dead in a bathtub at a Hollywood hotel, reportedly as a result of accidental drowning caused by drug use.
Bobbi Kristina was reportedly inconsolable.
via: ShutterstockSoon after her mother's death, she was admitted to hospital to help her deal with the stress.
And this is when Nick Gordon became involved...
via: ShutterstockNick and Bobbi had known each other for most of their lives, with Bobbi once describing him as a big brother figure.
But after losing her mother...
via: ShutterstockIt seems Bobbi looked to Nick for comfort, and the pair began a romantic relationship, just 6 months after her mom's passing.
Their relationship was controversial at first...
via: Getty ImagesThe fact that the pair had been raised together led some family members to label their newfound love incestuous.
But, eventually, the pair gained the blessings of their family.
via: ShutterstockAnd they married in January of 2014, in a small and surprisingly private ceremony.
But, unbelievably, tragedy soon struck again.
via: Getty ImagesIn January of 2015, after just a year of marriage, Bobbi was found face down in her bathtub in her Georgia home - eerily echoing the death of her mother 3 years before.
Bobbi was put into a medically-induced coma.
via: Getty ImagesBut, unfortunately, doctors couldn't revive her, and she passed away in hospice care in June of 2015.
Initially, the cause of death was determined to be accidental.
via: Getty ImagesBut, 2 years later, a second autopsy revealed the presence of drugs in Bobbi's system, and therefore changed the cause of death from accidental to undetermined.
And even more frighteningly?
via: ShutterstockThere was some indication that Nick might have actually been involved in some way in his wife Bobbi's tragic death.
He was described as being controlling towards his romantic partners.
via: ShutterstockAnd although he never faced criminal charges in Bobbi's untimely passing, he was held legally responsible for her death in a civil case against him.
Since Bobbi's death, Nick had faced other controversies.
via: Getty ImagesHe was thought to be living between different friends' houses and continuing a hard-partying lifestyle - perhaps a coping mechanism to deal with his wife's death?
His new relationship had also been marred by legal issues.
via: Getty ImagesHis relationship with Laura Leal had always been tumultuous and violent, with one incident leading to Nick being arrested for domestic abuse in 2018.
But tragedy struck yet again a few days ago...
via: Getty ImagesBecause in the early hours of January 1st, Nick passed away from a suspected drug overdose at the age of thirty.
Nick was out celebrating New Year's with friends.
via: Getty ImagesBut after he began to suffer a series of heart attacks, he was admitted to hospital in Florida.
He was reportedly left by friends at the hospital.
via: Getty Images"It's early days but the suggestion is he was taking drugs with friends and he passed out. They drove him to the hospital, took him inside and then left him there," said a source. "Whatever you think of Nick and his lifestyle, it’s terribly sad that his supposed friends just dumped him and drove away."
His brother took to Facebook to share a touching tribute.
via: Facebook"I love you so much big brother I hope you heard me talking to you at your bedside you are with me and I can feel it I love you I love you I love you watch over me and your nieces shit wasn't supposed to go like this I talked to 6 hours before all this started you gave me my nickname Lil Wop and that Will forever be what I go by, you were best friend and I never in a million years thought I’d be writing this for my ACE."
Of course, this will be a terribly difficult time for Nick's family.
via: Getty ImagesBut sadly, more horrifying details of his death have begun to emerge.
It is truly harrowing...
via: Getty ImagesTMZ obtained the dispatch audio, which had been phoned in as a "cardiac respiratory." "Patient is thirty-year-old male, not conscious, not breathing," the dispatcher can be heard saying.
It was a brutal death.
via: Getty Images"Caller advised black stuff is coming out of his mouth and he is not breathing," they went on to say.
Nicholas Bouler was his birth name...
via: Getty ImagesThe police department who responded to the 911 call issued a statement reading, "On January 1st, 2020, at 0515 hours, Maitland Officers were dispatched to 600 North Lake Destiny Road (The Sheraton Hotel) in reference to an unresponsive male." "Entry was made into the room, where members of the Maitland Fire & Rescue Department began providing care to an unresponsive individual later identified as Nicholas Bouler. Nicholas Bouler was transported to Advent Health Altamonte Springs where he was pronounced deceased. This case is under active investigation by Detectives with the Maitland Police Department."