Bobby Brown Jr. died in 2020 of an accidental overdose of cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol, according to autopsy and toxicology reports
Bobby Brown paid tribute to his late son on Sunday three years after his death.
Brown captioned the image — which featured him in an all white ensemble and an orange fedora alongside his son who was wearing a leather bomber jacket with basketball team patches, a gold chain and a black fedora — simply with "🤎."
"Please keep my family in your prayers at this time," Brown said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE at the time. "Losing my son at this point in our lives has devastated my family. There are no words to explain the pain."
His death was ruled an accidental overdose of cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol, according to reports released by the Los Angeles Police Department in March 2021.
His death came more than five years after the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown — his daughter whom he shared with ex-wife Whitney Houston — who died tragically in July 2015 when she suffered irreversible brain damage and spent six months in a coma after she was found unconscious in a bathtub at her home in Roswell, Georgia.
In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, Brown and Kim Ward, the mother of Bobby Jr., said that they believe someone provided their son with the drugs that led to his overdose.
Ward said that Bobby Jr. "was not into drugs."
"Bobby was often easily influenced," she said. "This is a situation where he associated himself with the wrong people. My son is gone and those who contributed to his senseless death should be held accountable."
The pair's attorney, Christopher Brown, said that that they think Bobby Jr. may have consumed the fentanyl "without his knowledge and we believe it killed him."
According to the CDC, fentanyl is estimated to be 80 times as potent as morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin. Classified as a Schedule II drug by the federal government, its medical uses are typically pain management following surgery or for chronic pain.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.
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