Bobby Brown has slammed "family friend" Chris Rock for making a distasteful joke about the late Whitney Houston's struggle with drug addiction.

The comedian hit headlines over the weekend (27-28Apr19) when he shared a meme which showed an image of an unenthusiastic Whitney alongside the words: "Me sitting in a meeting that could've been an email."

Taking the joke one step further, Chris added: "Hurry up I got crack to smoke."

Whitney accidentally drowned in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel suite after taking a lethal cocktail mix of cocaine, marijuana and prescription medication in 2012. She was aged 48.

Among those hitting back at Chris following the meme, which he later deleted, was Bobby - who was married to Whitney between 1992 to 2007.

Screenshots of his response, obtained by Yahoo and The Shade Room, showed that Bobby responded: "I thought you was a friend of the family (sic)."

He also commented: "During this time of women empowerment you chose to use your time to try and humiliate our QUEEN!!!"

Others to slam Chris for the meme included TV producer Elgin Charles, who tweeted: "I was already disappointed in Chris Rock (who I've known for years) for finding humour in Louis C.K. & Ricky Gervais' use of the N-word. Now he's making fun of my dearly departed friend, Whitney Houston, on IG (Instagram). Addiction is NOT a laughing matter."

Another Twitter user wrote: "Not cool @chrisrock. I was a fan & had respect for you! Now I'm just disappointed at your lack of respect to an Icon & Lack Of consideration to her family & Loved Ones. It Ain't Funny Bullying a dead person Shame On You (sic)."

Bobby is known for passionately defending his ex-wife in death as he did in life. After Kanye West's GOOD Music label paid a reported $85,000 (£65,000) to use a picture of Whitney's drug-strewn bathroom as the artwork for the cover of Pusha T's album Daytona, Bobby told editors at Rolling Stone: "Why would he post that on his album cover? That's really disgusting that he would do that. That's in really bad taste."