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Kathy Griffin Says Her Mother Maggie has Dementia

Friday Jan 4, 2019
Kathy Griffin, left, with her mother Maggie Griffin, right.
Kathy Griffin, left, with her mother Maggie Griffin, right.  (Source:Instagram / @kathygriffin)

Kathy Griffin is revealing her mother Maggie Griffin, who frequently appeared on the comedian's reality show "My Life on the D-List," is suffering from dementia.

Taking to Twitter Thursday, Kathy fired off a lengthy thread, saying she wants her fans to know that her 98-year-old mom has dementia.

"As heartbreaking as this is, I feel the need to share some important info about my mom Maggie," she wrote. "I've always been honest with you all, but this one is really hard. The pic below, taken in September, was the last time I was able to have a proper/coherent conversation with her."

The photo Kathy shared features the comedian wearing a gown and her mom in bed together. The "Celebrity Mole" winner added that since the pic was taken, Maggie has "rapidly fallen into the throes of dementia."

"This is never easy for any child. I know this is a reality that millions of people deal with every year. But when it comes to my mom this is particularly hard because her sharp mind was everything," she said.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Maggie often appeared on Kathy's Bravo show "My Life on the D-List" during its six seasons, which ran from 2005 through 2010. Kathy's father, John Griffin, also appeared on the show. He died in 2007.

"When people tell me they feel like they know my mom, I always respond 'you do!' She never put on a show, she was the show," Kathy tweeted, adding that her mom is not in pain and is getting constant care.

"I want to assure you all that she is not in pain and she is getting the best 24-hour care. In terms of how she is now, at this point she only knows my name and I love you," she wrote. "I know many of you know what that reality is like...I'm still grappling with it."

Read Kathy's Twitter thread in full below.


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