“Our family has had its share of sorrow these past few years and it is with a heavy heart that I have to once again say ‘so long’ to a loved one,” Warwick, 74, tells PEOPLE. “Bobbi is now sitting in the lap of our Heavenly Father and is now reunited with her beloved mother. She will be missed and I send many thanks for all of the prayers that were being said for her.
A close family friend also shares heartbreak over the loss of Brown, 22, who died Sunday in an Atlanta-area hospice nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan. 31 in her Roswell, Georgia, home.
“Her passing is a blow from which it is hard to recover. No matter how prepared I thought I was, I am that much more devastated,” the source tells PEOPLE.
“Krissi was a young woman whose potential was taken away too soon. A potential that was stymied from seeing the light of day because of circumstances that overshadowed her need to be nurtured,” the source adds. “My friend [Houston] has left us, and now, so has a potential part of that legacy. Perhaps being a part of a legacy so great was a burden Krissi was just not equipped to carry … if anyone would be.”
Brown’s father, Bobby Brown, broke his silence on Monday over the tragedy.
“Krissy was and is an angel. I am completely numb at this time,” the singer, 46, said in a statement released by his lawyer. “My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory. Our loss is unimaginable.”
• Reporting by LIZ McNEIL and PATRICK GOMEZ