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Nearly one year after Whitney Houston’s shocking death, her mom Cissy Houston often asks herself: “Could I have saved her somehow?”

In a revealing new memoir, Remembering Whitney (Harper Collins), Cissy, 79, writes candidly about her daughter’s severe drug problems and the downward spiral that led to her death by drowning in a hotel bathtub with traces of cocaine still in her system.

“She started partying and she didn’t really know how to stop,” says Cissy. “I used to wonder what she was doing at night, where she was.”

But when she tried to contact her, Whitney often didn’t return her call.

“Whitney hid from me,” says Cissy. And when she did see her, she was often afraid to confront her daughter. Shocked at her skeletal appearance at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in 2001, she never expressed concern.

“What was the point?” she asks. “I didn’t want her to run completely away from me.”

She doesn’t believe former husband Bobby Brown was the cause.

“I blame him for the way he treated her,” she says, “but I don’t blame him for her drug problems.” Still, she adds: “He was no help to her at all.”

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Source: People Magazine