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Whitney Houston memoir coming from singer's mother Cissy

Gospel singer Cissy Houston has signed a deal with publisher HarperCollins for a memoir about her award-winning daughter, Whitney Houston.
Gospel singer Cissy Houston, seen with Whitney Houston in New York in 2010, will pen a memoir about her late daughter. The as-yet-unnamed book will be published in Feb. 2013, a year following the pop singer's death. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Gospel singer Cissy Houston has signed a deal with publisher HarperCollins for a memoir about her award-winning daughter, Whitney Houston.

The currently untitled book is slated for release in February 2013, a year after the younger Houston's shocking death at the age of 48.

"When I lost my daughter [nicknamed] Nippy, the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman," Cissy Houston said in a statement HarperCollins released on Monday.

"In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney. We are still receiving thousands of letters each day from her fans and I hope reading this book will provide a deeper understanding into my daughter's true story."

Cissy Houston, who published her own memoir How Sweet the Sound (for which Whitney penned the foreword) in 1998, will write with "candour, honesty and respect" about her daughter's life: from her rise to fame and successful career to her struggles with addiction and troubled marriage to fellow singer Bobby Brown, HarperCollins said.

"Cissy will go behind the headlines to show the true, human side of this strong, successful yet complicated musical icon, capturing the dramatic depths and soaring range of an extraordinary woman, along with the pain and heartbreak of a grieving mother as she struggles with impossible loss."

Financial terms were not disclosed. However, a portion of sales proceeds will be donated to the New Hope Baptist Church. The late singer was a featured child performer at the Newark, New Jersey church, which also hosted her funeral.

Whitney Houston was discovered submerged in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11, hours before she was slated to perform at a pre-Grammy Awards gala. The cause of death was ruled to be an accidental drowning, though the coroner also listed chronic cocaine use and heart disease as contributing factors.