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Cissy Houston Speaks Out on Whitney's Death: "I Don't Blame Myself"

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Whitney Houston's Feb. 11 death was tragedy felt around the world, but it was a true mother's nightmare for Cissy Houston.

So has she recovered? "I have my moments," the 78-year-old gospel singer says in an interview with New Jersey-based My9's 10 O'Clock News (as excerpted by Us Weekly). "I'm not there yet. I don't think I'm more courageous than anyone else. I am a true believer in God, if I could bring her back I would, but that's not possible."

But as heartbroken as Cissy is about the loss of her daughter at age 48, she doesn't think there's anything she could've done to prevent the devastating outcome. "I know I did the best I could," she said. "I don't blame myself. I know I did the best I could for everything."

As for Whitney's legacy?

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"I'm very proud of my daughter," Cissy said. "She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here…she was a very wonderful person."

"She was very special to me," her mom added. "She was my only daughter, and a good one. Looked out for her family."

The full interview airs next Monday on My9's 10 0'Clock News.

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