Cissy Houston is an American soul gospel singer who is best known for being the mom of the later superstar singer, Whitney Houston. On August 31, 2022, Gospel artist Earnest Pugh wrote that Cissy had passed away which later turned out to be false. Cissy has led a successful music career where she was a backup singer for Roy Hamilton, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin.
Cissy Houston Age
Cissy was born on September 30, 1933, and is currently 88 years old in 2022.
Cissy Houston’s Husband (s)
Cissy has been married twice, her first marriage was to Freddie Garland who was born on October 23, 1939, and died on October 12, 2011. He was an African-American media personality and the two were married in 1955. They have a son whose name is Gary Garland and he was born on October 12, 1957. He was an NBA basketball player and was a DePaul University Athletic Hall of Famer. The two divorced shortly after their son was born.
In the spring of 1957, when she was 24, Houston met John Russell Houston Jr. and embarked on a romance that led to the births of son Michael Houston (born August 14, 1961), a songwriter and road manager, and daughter Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012). Whitney went on to be a world-renowned singer, actress, and entertainer.
In the early years of their relationship, John was still married to his first wife, Elsie Hamilton. After Houston’s first marriage ended in divorce in April 1964, Cissy and John married the following month.
John Houston Jr. was a former Army veteran who served his country during World War II and was working as a taxi and truck driver when he met Cissy. He first entered the entertainment business by managing his nieces-in-law’s vocal group, the Gospelaires, in 1959.
After his wife formed The Sweet Inspirations, he served as their manager until Cissy left the group in 1969 to start her solo career. John survived a near-fatal heart attack in 1976 and thereafter, their marriage turned volatile by 1977, they agreed to legally separate, though they remained married until 1991. Houston has six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. John passed away in February 2003 after ongoing health issues including diabetes at the age of 82.
Is Cissy Houston Dead?
Reports had begun circulating on August 31, 2022, with Gospel artist Earnest Pugh confirming that Cissy Houston had died. It was later confirmed that Cissy is still alive and the earlier reports were unconfounded. Earnest Pugh has since deleted his statement and apologized to the Houston family.