Nick Gordon‘s family, friends, and loved ones are reeling after his New Year’s Day death.
Gordon’s attorney Joe Habachy first confirmed the death with E! News, sharing with the outlet a heartbreaking tale of drug addiction in a new statement (below):
“While I cannot speak to the specific circumstances of his death, I can say that it’s been truly heartbreaking to have witnessed firsthand the total devastation that drug addiction has wreaked upon a group of young friends, all of whom were loved and had immense potential. Despite all of the incredible challenges Nick faced over the last few years, I can honestly say that he worked hard to hold his head up and stay sober and that he genuinely wanted a happy, healthy life with his family more than anything else. My heart goes out to the family and friends Nick leaves behind and to any other families dealing with the losses and heartache caused by drugs.”
So, so sad.
Gordon’s father, Jack Walker Jr., also commented about his son’s untimely death. He spoke to Daily Mail about a conversation the pair had just hours before the 30-year-old’s apparent overdose, on New Year’s Eve:
“I spoke with Nick during the day. He seemed happy, he seemed calm, everything was going good. He was a free spirit, he was in a good state of mind. Everything that Nick was doing was great. He told me 2020 was going to be better than 2019. He had a great job.”
Wow. Particularly sad to hear he may have been turning his life around…
Gordon’s brother Junior Walker — who was the first one to publicly announce the death on Wednesday — posted more of his own condolences to Facebook, calling Nick his “best friend” and adding:
“I love you so much big brother. S**t wasn’t suppose to go like this I talked to 6 hours before all this started. I never in a million years thought I’d be writing this for my ACE I was there through every step we all love you no matter what and we’ll all stay strong for you. New Years didn’t have to start like this and you just told me you HAD to see me for New Years but I’m blessed I got to talk to you last night you will forever be my best friend nobody will ever take your place.”
Ugh. Painful stuff.
The 911 Call
According to a 911 call that came in during Gordon’s apparent overdose, the young man reportedly wasn’t breathing and had some sort of “black stuff” foaming out of his mouth in the moments before his passing.
TMZ obtained a copy of the Florida dispatch audio, in which the caller claimed a black fluid was coming out of Nick’s mouth. First responders tagged the call as a “cardiac respiratory” event and rushed Gordon to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
For now, though, the cause of death is still uncertain until the medical examiner conducts an autopsy. TMZ reports that will likely be done as early as Thursday; toxicology test results should then come back in the next few weeks.
It’s a sad, sad story all around. Tough to see anyone die so young, and especially under circumstances related to addiction. R.I.P…
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