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Whitney Houston's mom, Cissy, planning book about her daughter

April 26, 2012 |  4:44 pm

Whitney Houston with mom Cissy

Cissy Houston, the commanding gospel singer and mother of Whitney Houston, is said to be shopping a book about her daughter to publishers. Pop star Whitney Houston was 48 when she died in February in Beverly Hills.

The New York Times reports that Cissy Houston met with publishers this week in New York.

Affectionately calling her daughter “Nippy,” her childhood nickname, and appearing emotionally and physically drained, Ms. Houston met with publishers in a suite at the St. Regis Hotel, said the people, who declined to be identified because the negotiations were still going on.

Ms. Houston, 78, described the book in meetings as the real and definitive story of her daughter, the pop legend who died on Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills at the age of 48.

“It’s going to be the bad, it’s going to be the good,” she told one publisher.

Cissy Houston is said to be planning to work with a ghostwriter on the project, which may -- or may not -- deal frankly with Whitney Houston's drug use. The L.A. County coroner determined Houston's cause of death to have been drowning, along with heart disease and cocaine use.

Whitney Houston's career included a reality television show, the film "The Bodyguard," millions of record sales and six Grammy awards.


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Photo: Whitney Houston and Cissy Houston in 1995 at the taping of the "Soul Train 25th Anniversary of Hall of Fame" special. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press