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By Alex Johnson

Nick Gordon was ordered Thursday to pay the family of Bobbi Kristina Brown more than $36 million in damages after he was found responsible for her death.

Brown, 22, the daughter of singers Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, died in August 2015, several months after she was found unresponsive in a tub at the home she shared near Atlanta with Gordon, her longtime partner.

Singer Bobby Brown holds up a picture of his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, during a hearing Thursday in Atlanta in the Brown family's wrongful death lawsuit against her partner, Nick Gordon.David Goldman / AP

The damages of $36.25 million were awarded in Atlanta in the Brown family's wrongful death civil suit against Gordon, who hasn't been criminally charged in the high-profile case.

Gordon didn't show up for critical hearings in the suit, for which he didn't hire a civil lawyer. In September, Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford entered a default judgment for Brown's family.

Thursday, Bedford set damages at $36 million, saying he wrestled with the final figure because "to determine the value of a life is pretty difficult," NBC station WXIA of Atlanta reported.

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Bobby Brown said in a statement that he was pleased with the judgment and called on prosecutors to file criminal charges.

Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, in August 2012.Paul Buck / EPA

"I do know Mr. Gordon will be unable to slander my daughter's name in the future or obtain any benefits from the use of Krissy's name," he said.

David Ware, an attorney for Brown's estate, said the family's legal team intends to collect the full judgment "with all vigor."

"The Defendant will not escape justice nor ever profit from his misdeeds," Ware said in a statement. "We hope that in some small way this will allow Krissy's family to continue their quest for peace."