CeCe Winans still finds it hard to believe that her goddaughter Bobbi Kristina Brown died last July, three years after her mother, Whitney Houston.
Houston and Winans, the 51-year-old Grammy and Dove Award-winning gospel singer, had a long friendship and Winans was very close to Houston's family. Naturally, she was heartbroken when her goddaughter, Bobbi Kris, suffered a fate similar to that of her superstar mother.
Brown died at the age of 22 on July 26, six months after being found unconscious in the bathtub of the Georgia home she shared with her boyfriend Nick Gordon.
The daughter of Houston and singer Bobby Brown was moved to hospice care last June before dying one month later.
"I don't think there's any words to describe a loss like that. I still can't believe it. At the same time, I guess you're just not surprised when drugs are involved in anybody's life," Winans previously told The Blade. "Most of the time it doesn't turn out well. I pray for the family. I still can't believe Whitney's gone, but now to see that Bobbi Kris is gone too … you just can't even come to grips with it."
During tough times, Winans spoke about the importance of leaning on God.
"When you hear and see things like [mass shootings at Columbine, New Town and Oregon], it lets you know how bad we need our faith. Without faith we're not going to make it," Winans said. "We need God real bad. That would be my response. Don't lose your faith [in the face of tragedy]. Find it."