Whitney Houston's Bodyguard costar comments on her daughter's life-or-death situation

By Matthew Cole Weiss
February 03, 2015 12:10 PM
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Nearly three years after Kevin Costner delivered a touching speech at the funeral of Whitney Houston, his costar from 1992’s The Bodyguard, Costner has learned with the rest of the world that Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is facing a life-or-death battle amid circumstances tragically similar to those that ended her mother’s life.

“I was sad, obviously,” Costner told PEOPLE about hearing the news that Brown, like her mother, was found unconscious in a tub on Saturday. “That family’s under a lot of stress right now, just an enormous amount of stress.”

After Nick Gordon discovered Brown, 21, and performed CPR until police arrived, she was immediately rushed to a hospital in Georgia. She is now surrounded by family and fighting for her life as sources say it will take a miracle for her to recover.

“I can’t imagine,” added Costner, 60, shaking his head with disbelief, before receiving a career achievement award at the 14th Annual AARP Movies for Grownups in Los Angeles on Monday.

Though Costner, currently starring in Black or White, admitted he hasn’t spoken to Brown in “a little while,” he wants nothing more than a speedy recovery for his former leading lady’s daughter.

“I really hope she’s okay,” he said solemnly.