Whitney Houston's casket photo sparks outrage

Whitney Houston's casket photo sparks outrage

Newark : NJ : USA | Feb 26, 2012 at 1:22 AM PST
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Whitney Houston's photo in the casket was recently released over the internet and the leakage has caused an outrage amongst her fans.

Whitney Houston was found dead around two weeks back. The news of her death spread waves of shock across the entertainment world. Almost after a week of her death, her funeral took place a few days back and at the funeral, a photo of Houston in the casket was taken by someone and posted over the internet, causing an outrage among her fans.

The casket photo was taken at the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark. The picture shows Whitney Houston in the casket and looks very grainy, indicating that it was probably taken from a cell phone from a distance. The picture was published on the cover of America's National Enquirer tabloid following her funeral on the 18th of February, 2012.

The move upset Whitney Houston's fans and they accused the New Jersey funeral home, which conducted the star's funeral, of taking and leaking the photo. The director of the New Jersey funeral home has denied all these allegations, and maintains that her, and her staff have nothing to do with the leakage of Whitney Houston's casket photo.

The name of the director of the funeral home is Carolyn Whigham. She recently gave an interview to the New York Daily News to deny reports of involvement in the incident. She told the New York Daily News, "We did not take that photo. We did not sell the photo. We would never do something like that. Whitney was a friend. I'm the one who flew to Los Angeles and got Whitney from the coroner's office. I did everything to protect her."

Whigham also said that even she couldn't grasp how the picture was taken, since the casket and Houston's body were protected all the time. She further said that the casket was guarded by 24-hour security guards. "They were there 24 hours a day. They slept there with her. She was never alone, anywhere. The only time security fell back was when the family had the private viewing Friday. We weren't involved with that. The family invited its own guests," Whigham explained.

She added that she was very upset over the incident, and also maintained that she or her staff would never do anything that would ruin her or her business, which has been running since 1943.

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Reporters wait at the entrance of Whigham funeral home where the body of Whitney Houston is expected to arrive in New Jersey
Reporters wait at the entrance of Whigham funeral home where the body of Whitney Houston is expected to arrive in New Jersey
Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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