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Whitney Houston's mother says she's proud of daughter in first interview since singer's death

Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy has revealed she stills feels proud of her daughter in her first interview since the singer’s death last month.

The 78-year-old, herself a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, broke her silence about the star’s passing in an interview with New Jersey-based TV channel My9.

She said: "I know I did the best I could... I don't blame myself. I know I did the best I could for everything. I'm very proud of my daughter. She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here... she was a very wonderful person." 

The 48-year-old superstar was recently confirmed to have died of accidental drowning combined with effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use, and Cissy confessed that she is still coming to terms with the tragedy: “I have my moments... I'm not there yet... I don't think I'm any more courageous than anyone else."

But Cissy, who appeared in Whitney’s video for ‘The Greatest Love Of All,' strenuously denied claims that her daughter was struggling financially before her death, adding: "Whitney did not die broke... she's not broke. None of that crap."




Watch Whitney and Cissy perform 'I Know Him So Well' together below: