Kris Jenner’s Sister Karen Houghton Has Died Aged 65

Karen Houghton Dead: Kris Jenner's sister has tragically died aged 65.
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Kris Jenner has announced that her sister Karen Houghton has died aged 65.

Houghton was Jenner’s only sister, with the pair growing up in San Diego together, and they had a famously strained relationship.

The siblings were raised by single mum MJ after her divorce from the girls’ father Robert Houghton.

But now, Jenner has shared that her estranged sister has tragically passed away.

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Jenner has posted snaps with Houghton and wrote: “It is with the heaviest heart and deepest sadness that I share that my sister Karen passed away yesterday unexpectedly.

“My heart aches for my mom MJ and my niece Natalie and I pray that God guides us all through this difficult time. Karen was beautiful inside and out. She was the sweetest, kindest, the most sensitive and vulnerable and so so funny.

“She always felt grateful and thankful for her life and treasured her family and friends and especially her beautiful daughter. She holds such a huge part of my heart and I cherish every single memory we have together.

“Karen’s passing is a reminder that life is so short and precious and tomorrow is never promised. We must tell those we cherish how much we love them. I love you, my beautiful sister.”

Kris Jenner and sister Karen Houghton.
Kris Jenner’s sister Karen Houghton has tragically died aged 65. Credit: @krisjenner/Instagram

Houghton’s daughter Natalie Zettel echoed this sentiment, writing: “Dear Mommy.

“I can’t believe you’re gone. This doesn’t even feel real. I keep hoping that I will get to hug you or kiss you or hear your voice one last time.

“You were my best friend, my everything. The best mother a daughter could ever ask for and I’m so grateful to have had a mother like you.

“You were the most kind, sweet, loving, giving, and caring soul. You had the biggest heart. And I don’t know how to go on without you. It all happened so quickly and I wasn’t ready for you to go.

“An angel was sent to heaven on March 18th, 2024. I love you Mommy and you will forever be missed.”

Jenner and Houghton shared a famously strained relationship, with Houghton sceptical of Kris’ life in the public eye.

Kris Jenner and sister Karen Houghton.
Kris Jenner and Karen Houghton shared a famously strained relationship. Credit: @krisjenner/Instagram

The ‘momager’s’ sister signed an NDA before attending Kim Kardashian‘s 2013 baby shower, but then openly spoke to the press, much to her family’s dismay.

She did a jig for the unsuspecting reporters and even claimed to have received a Rolex as a party favour.

Houghton also spoke out about Jenner’s cosmetic enhancements, telling In Touch in 2015: “She was heavy as a kid and became worried about her looks at age 15.

“The whole world knows it – Kris is vain.”

Back in April 2014, Houghton wrote on her Facebook: “Pray for Kris Jenner she needs it… crazy. She’s a nutcase. She doesn’t need prayers she needs sky vodka hahaha hahaha hahaha.

“I get p***ed off at her because she doesn’t respond to me. If you think your sister would call you back, she doesn’t. And it hurts me.”

MJ and Karen Houghton.
Tributes have been paid to Karen Houghton on social media. Credit: @krisjenner/Instagram

“I don’t care how much money you have or who you are, you’re my sister. I’m not afraid of her. I can’t get to her anymore. But I guess it’s the money,” she continued, according to the Daily Mail.

“She’s a huge celebrity and now she has changed. I’m not saying good or bad. But I’ve seen what it can do to Kris… ever since she moved to LA.”

Houghton also told MailOnline: “I called up Kris yelling at her, because I was like, ‘You need to help your mom more and you know it’. And I think that she kind of got the message. I was screaming – I don’t even care.”

She added: “When you express a loving family and family values and a close family and my mom wants to live in La Jolla, buy her a condo, Kris! I don’t understand her. I never will. It’s just her personality.”

Jenner hasn’t held back when talking to the press, either.

In a 2013 interview Jenner told Radar: “Unfortunately, my sister has been dealing with demons for years.”

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In Jenner’s 2011 autobiography ‘Kris Jenner… and All Things Kardashian’ she said of her sister: “We loved each other, and we were there for each other through thick and thin, and to this day we are a part of each other’s lives.”

In 2016, Houghton paid the ultimate compliment to Jenner by getting a facelift in order to ‘look like my beautiful sister Kris’.

Karen is survived by her daughter Natalie, 26, who she welcomed with ex-husband Mark Zettel, mother MJ, Kris and, of course, nieces Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and nephew Rob Kardashian.

Karen was found dead on Monday but the exact cause of death currently remains unclear, TMZ reports.

Rest in peace.


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