Whitney Houston died on the eve of the Grammy Awards on Feb. 11, 2012, of an accidental drowning. A toxicology report found multiple drugs in her system, including cocaine, Benadryl, Xanax, marijuana and Flexeril.
The singer’s family has remained in the limelight since her death, appearing on the Lifetime reality series The Houstons: On Our Own. Bobbi Kristina also went on to test her acting chops with a role in Tyler Perry‘s TBS sitcom For Better or Worse.
Read Cissy’s full letter below:
I love you. My heart is full. I don’t know where to begin.
You may think I don’t understand you and what you’re feeling but remember, Baby, I lost my mom when I was just a child. So, I do know some of the sadness and loneliness of your life since your mom passed away.
Although I know her spirit is with you always, I cry with you and for you. I grieve with you and for you … for all of the days and nights you need to tell her something or ask her advice or just hear her voice … and she’s not there. For all of the times when you need to put your head in her lap or feel her arms around you and she’s not there … For the good and happy times you want to share with her; for the fun and laughter you enjoyed together, but she’s not there … for every day and every night you just miss her … I know.
She was your mom and she was my child and Krissi, I loved her too, more than you might imagine. I know you were upset that I wrote my book, “Remembering Whitney,” but I hope one day you’ll read it and understand that I just wanted to let the world see some of My Nippy—the sweet, friendly, loving little girl with the extraordinary beauty and boundless talent, who grew into the superstar and musical icon the world saw. I want people to know—fans and critics and ordinary people alike—Nippy was a whole person, and like all of us, she was good and bad AND she was my joy!