For the funeral for Bobbi Kristina Brown – daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown – renowned director Tyler Perry made a moving video for the 22-year-old and her family.
"The Houston estate asked if I would share this tribute that I put together for Bobbi Kristina's private funeral," Perry, a close friend of the Brown Houston family, wrote on his Facebook page. "On behalf of the Brown and Houston families, we would all like to thank you for your prayers and support. God bless."
Brown died in mid-July, six months after being found unresponsive in the bathtub of her home by a friend and her boyfriend, Nick Gordon.
The video was set to "You Were Loved" by Brown's mother Whitney Houston, who was also found dead in her bath tub in 2012.
The moving tribute begins with a quote from Brown, who also hoped to be a singer like her mother:
I hope you feel my love, pain, beauty, agony at times, blessings all the time. No one understands me. And I don't expect them to, but I will try to spread my love and my story through words and this blessing of a powerful voice mom has given me.
In the months Brown was in a drug-induced coma, her conservator and attorney filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Gordon, 25. The suit accused him of assaulting Brown repeatedly, stealing her money, and – after Brown was taken off life support – causing her death.
Brown and Gordon – who was adopted by Houston, Brown's mother, when he was 12 – spent most of their lives together, though they were not openly in a romantic relationship until 2012.
The couple appeared in many photographs together throughout their lives, but in Perry's video Gordon was noticeably cropped out or missing.
Ema O'Connor is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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