Whitney Houston fans mourn the three year anniversary of the star’s tragic death at her cemetery and send their prayers to her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown who is in a medically induced coma after she was discovered unresponsive in a bathtub.
WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 11, 2015) (REUTERS) – Fans of the late singer Whitney Houston found their way to Fairfield Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey on Wednesday (February 11), on the day of the third anniversary of the star’s untimely death.
Houston, a six-time Grammy Award-winner and actress who battled substance abuse, drowned in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 11, 2012. Authorities said cocaine use and heart disease contributed to her death at age 48.
Houston was buried at the massive private cemetery next to her father John Russell Houston, Jr. Management at the cemetery did not disclose the location of her grave.
Unable to find the final resting place of the star, Staten Island resident Deborah Briscoe released balloons into the air in a remote part of the burial ground.
“I listen to her music all day, and I can’t believe she is gone three years,” Briscoe told Reuters.
“And I can’t believe what is going on with her daughter. They were talking about pulling the plug on the same day, and you get all sorts of false reports. It’s just phenomenal that it happened in the same way,” she added.
“I just came to pay respect and I am praying that nothing is happening to her daughter. I pray that she makes it because this is her mother’s anniversary,” another fan, Nann Campbell said.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Houston and singer Bobby Brown, was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub last month.
Few details have been released about the 21-year old aspiring singer.
A family source said on Tuesday (February 10) that media reports suggesting Bobbi Kristina would soon be taken off life support were not accurate. Brown’s family previously has said she was fighting for her life.
In Houston’s native Newark residents are monitoring Bobbi Kristina’s progress closely.
“The city definitely has a very warm space for Whitney as well as her mother Cissy. And now to know what Bobbi is actually dealing with right now we are all affected by that exact same thing,” said Jerry Grant.
Antonio Hernandez-Jones, who works across the New Hope Baptist Church where Houston’s funeral service took place, said that locals still talk about the legendary singer.
“She was an idol. Because she not only grew up in this area, but she explored, and she explored her own talents. And I think it hit everybody when she died and the way she died. But it’s definitely still talked about in the community,” he said.
Bobbi Kristina is receiving treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, according to CNN and other media outlets, and her father has been seen outside the facility.
Family friend and gospel singer Kim Burrell told “Access Hollywood” last week that doctors had put the young woman in a medically induced coma to stop brain swelling.