Whitney Houston's Mom, Cissy Houston, Is In the Early Stages of Dementia
Cissy Houston is a Grammy winner, a gospel singer, and the mother of the extremely talented Whitney Houston. She watched her talented daughter’s rise to fame, her battle with addiction, and her death in front of the world. She also witnessed her granddaughter’s death in an uncannily similar way.
According to a source close to the family, Cissy Houston is now battling dementia. "She's in the early stages of dementia," the source told Radar. "She repeats herself a lot and doesn't remember what she says. She just says she's getting old."
This report came out just after the documentary, Whitney, which revealed that Whitney Houston and Cissy's other child, Gary Houston, were molested by their cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, when they were children. Gary Houston shared this for the first time in the documentary, and the 84-year-old matriarch did not have any idea that it was happening
Dee Dee Warwick, who passed away in 2008, was a Grammy-nominated singer who sang backup for legends like Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin. Dee Dee is the sister of Dionne Warwick, and they are both nieces of Cissy Houston. Both Cissy and Dionne came out about the claims made by her son, stating that they are "unfathomable."
This has also made Cissy's heath issues more of a concern for the Houston family. The source went on to say, "The family is already fractured enough, but she has had enough clarity to know what's going on with these claims and is very upset."
The World Health Organization reports that over 47.5 million people around the world live with dementia. Cissy Houston is slowly but surely moving toward being a part of that group.
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