Kathy Griffin Says Her Mother Maggie ‘Has Rapidly Fallen Into the Throes of Dementia’

Comedian says her mom and “My Life on the D-List” co-star “is not in pain,” but that “at this point she only knows my name and I love you.”

Kathy Griffin shared sad news with her fans Thursday, saying that her 98-year-old mother Maggie — who was regularly featured on Griffin’s reality show “My Life on the D-List” — has “rapidly fallen into the throes of dementia.”

In a long series of tweets, Griffin shared a photo of herself with Maggie from September, which Griffin said, “was the last time I was able to have a proper/coherent conversation with her.”

“Since that photo was taken, she 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.”

Griffin added that, until the past couple of years, the elder Griffin was “so sharp she always kept me on my toes … Watching that slip away so fast has been devastating.”

Griffin went on to assure fans that her mother “is not in pain and she is getting the best 24-hour care,” but that “at this point she only knows my name and I love you.”

The comedian added, “I know many of you know what that reality is like…I’m still grappling with it.”

Griffin continued that the proudest part for her about her reality show was that it “gave me the opportunity to show the world how naturally funny my parents were. 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 added, “I’m so lucky that I have six seasons of My Life On The D list to look back on and enjoy moments of my mom being herself…the Maggie you all came to know and love. Remember the ‘Faceplace’ (aka Facebook) moment?”

Read Griffin’s tweets below.