How Cissy Houston learned of Whitney's death
January 28th, 2013
02:59 PM ET

How Cissy Houston learned of Whitney's death

Almost one year to the day after Whitney Houston's death, Cissy Houston is releasing "Remembering Whitney," a book about her daughter's extraordinary life and untimely demise.

While promoting the memoir on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” the 79-year-old gospel singer detailed the moment that she learned Whitney, nicknamed Nippy by her family, had died on February 11, 2012.

“My son called me and he was screaming, ‘Mom, Mommy.’ Then, oh God. I said, ‘What is wrong, what’s wrong?’ He just said, ‘Nippy. Nippy.’ I said, ‘What’s wrong with Nippy?’ … I was getting annoyed because he wasn’t telling me anything. He said, ‘Mommy.’ I said, ‘Is she dead?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, Mommy, she’s dead.’ And I don’t remember too much else after that.”

Oprah also spoke with Whitney’s brother Michael about doing drugs with his late sister.

“It’s painful [to see what Cissy wrote in her book], you know? I feel responsible for, that I let it go so far,” he said. “Being together most of the time, and her following behind me … we played together, you know? Any everything that you do together as you’re growing up, and then when you get into drugs, you do that together too. And it just got out of hand.”

Oprah’s interview with Cissy airs tonight on OWN at 10 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Oprah Winfrey • Whitney Houston

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  1. Usher's Butt (sorry)

    It is cute (lmao)

    March 5, 2013 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. User's Butt

    It is cute ....lmao

    March 5, 2013 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Oprah loves Usher

    he's in his 40's now and still cool.

    March 5, 2013 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. The Master

    usher is on...gotta go!!!

    March 5, 2013 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. The Master

    I'm a wall street girl. have a great day!!!!! see you soon i'm sure.

    March 5, 2013 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. calbano

    Leave Whitney alone, Let her finally rest in peace. "She gave her life, and she left one hell of a legacy, she cannot be matched, "Ever"

    March 5, 2013 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jesus Ruiz

    Artwork entirely hand etched on granite stone of Whitney Houston that was inspired by her song "I Look To You"-
    A Tribute To Whitney E. Houston-

    February 11, 2013 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. daugh

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    January 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gee that was scarey


    January 29, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. pitt04

    This show on OWN, last night and was one of the best shows that Oprah has done.
    I feel, for Whitney's mother and knowing that her own son got Whitney on cocaine; then later tried to commit suicide from guilt of Whitney's death.
    It had to take courage for him to confess that on national television.
    Oprah can see clearly now that she is being used as a vessel to get people to release their pain.

    January 29, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
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    January 29, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Not Gonna Miss Her One Bit

    She was drowned by drug dealers that she owed big $$ to, and they still keep trying to put her on a pedestal. Bobby got his drug habit from Nippy, not the other way around.

    January 29, 2013 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. JustMe

    I've always blamed Darryl Strawberry for her drug bad

    January 29, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    Did anyone notice during the Grand Homegoing Jubilee Celebration last year that not one white reporter said the nickname of "Nippy"? Oprah, Sharpton, Jackson, and the rest of the race baiting pimps were so paranoid that a white reporter would have a Don Imus moment and utter the infamous word "nappy".

    January 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. All the Way From Evergreen State of Washington

    About that time peope stop pointing fingers at "Sir Bobby Brown" for Whitney drug problems because she inherited that crack head lifestyle from her family...If Queen of England refused to knight bobby I just did by the way Ha Ha Ha

    January 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  16. its too depressing

    can we please head out

    January 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  17. V¡xen

    This blog is as dead as her. Only one comment and it's from the po.o man

    January 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  18. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    *sings* And I-I-I-I-I will always love POOP!!!

    January 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |

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