Whitney Houston’s tragic, untimely death in February 2012 sent shockwaves throughout the world. The beloved singer was found dead in a California hotel, and, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Report, published by the LA Times, her official cause of death was drowning “due to or as a consequence of” heart disease and cocaine use.
While the world publicly mourned for one of the greatest voices of all time, Whitney’s family privately mourned the loss of a daughter, sister, and mother. In January 2013, almost a year after Whitney’s death, her brother Michael and mother Cissy appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter to open up about her death and what’s next for them.
In the interview, Whitney’s brother Michael confessed that he sadly harbors some feeling of responsibility for his sister’s tragic death.
He admitted to Oprah that he feels as though he was the one to introduce Whitney to the drugs that would eventually kill her.
Whitney’s mom, Cissy Houston, also admitted to Oprah that she never wanted her daughter to become part of the entertainment world. Cissy was a well sought-after backup singer herself, having sung behind famous names like Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley. But, she says, she didn’t want to do it forever.
Cissy admits that staying home with her children was more important to her, and tells Oprah in the video below, “I knew what this business was about.”
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