Cissy Houston opens up about her daughter Whitney Houston's death, says there was "nothing anyone could do" to save her.
"Nothing I can do about it, nothing nobody else can do about it," Cissy Houston told Fox's local news station My9. "If I thought I could do something to bring her back that's exactly what I'd do, but I know that's impossible."
On Thursday, Cissy gave her first interview since Houston died at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday, February 11. The interview was conducted at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, where the singer's funeral was held.
"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," Cissy continued, according to People magazine. "She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here... she was a very wonderful person."
Cissy also denied the ongoing rumors that her daughter died penniless, telling My9, "Whitney did not die broke... None of that crap."
It was reported earlier this month that everything in the singer's will was left to her only child, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. The 19-page document was originally filed in Atlanta, Georgia on February 3, 1993, a month before Bobbi Kristina was born. It was amended in April 2000, while the singer was still married to Bobby Brown.
Houston was pronounced dead at age 48 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California on February 11, a day before the 2012 Grammy Awards.
"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney," Cissy said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com at the time. "This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends."
A memorial service was held for the singer on February 18 and included guests like Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder. Speakers included Kevin Costner, Tyler Perry, music mogul Clive Davis, who helped launch her career, gospel stars Kim Burrell and Donnie McClurkin, musical director Rickey Minor and Cece Winans, a gospel singer who is also the godmother of Houston's daughter. Gospel singer and pastor Marvin Winans gave the eulogy.
Costner gave an emotional speech that touched on their shared childhood experience growing up in Baptist churches, casting her in her iconic first role and her unwarranted insecurities.
Houston's body was laid to rest on February 19 at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, where Houston was buried next to her father, John Russell Houston Jr., who died in 2003.
Cissy Houston's interview will air on WWOR's 10 p.m. ET News on Monday, April 2. Watch a clip below.