After failing to appear in court for a second time in a row, Nick Gordon has been deemed legally responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
Just over a year after Bobbi Kristina Brown died at the age of 22, a judge has ruled her boyfriend Nick Gordon is civilly liable in her death, Brown’s estate attorney said Friday.
Gordon failed to appear – for the second time – in Atlanta, Georgia, court Friday morning in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Brown’s estate last year, Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford said.
Because Gordon has failed to appear twice, the judge said anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission.
The judge will now determine the amount of damages to be awarded to Brown’s estate. The suit asked for $50 million.
“We are praising God. This has been a long time coming. But all the judgments in the world won’t bring Krissy back,” a Brown family source tells PEOPLE.
“We miss her every single day. Even when there’s justice, it’s not comfort. She was gone too soon, and we all have to live with that. I hope Nick lives with it every day for the rest of his life, because we sure are.”