Kathy Griffin Reveals Her Mother Is Suffering From Dementia

Kathy Griffin_Maggie Griffin_ - Getty - H 2019
David Livingston/Getty Images

The comedian shared the heartbreaking news via social media.

Kathy Griffin took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal that her 98-year-old mother, Maggie, is suffering from dementia.

"As heartbreaking as this is, I feel the need to share some important info about my mom Maggie," Griffin, 58, wrote in a lengthy thread. "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."

Since the photo was taken, the comedian says that her mother has "rapidly fallen into the throes of dementia."

Griffin continued, "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."

Maggie became a star in her own right thanks to Griffin's former Bravo reality series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Beloved among fans, Griffin's mother was heavily featured on the show throughout the its six-season run from 2005 until 2010. The comic added on Twitter, "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."

Griffin went on to say that her mom isn't in pain and is receiving around-the-clock 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," Griffin wrote. "I know many of you know what that reality is like...I'm still grappling with it."