Nick Gordon has been found responsible for the death of his girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown – the daughter of singer Whitney Houston.

In a $50m wrongful death civil suit filed in August by Bobbi Kristina’s estate, Nick, who failed to appear at a court hearing on Friday, was ruled to be guilty of playing a part in the incident that led to the death of the late Whitney Houston‘s daughter.

The presiding judge, T. Jackson Bedford, expressed his dissatisfaction at Nick’s absence during the proceedings by saying that he does ‘not like people thumbing their nose at the court.’

‘He is legally responsible for her death, and the only thing left for us now to prove is the value of her life,’ a lawyer for Brown’s estate, R. David Ware told NBC affiliate 11Alive in Atlanta. ‘And we intend to do that.’

Ware however said no criminal charges have been filed against Gordon. ‘It’s not a criminal case but it doesn’t have to be,’ he said. ‘We want to legally establish he was responsible for her injuries the proceeded her death and we’ve done that today.’

A jury will now hear the case and decide on the damages owed by Gordon to the estate.

Whitney and Bobby Brown‘s daughter died under controversial circumstances after she was found face-down and unconscious in a bathtub in January 2015. She was in a coma for six months before finally being taken off life support.

She died on July 26, 2015 aged 22.

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