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Whitney Houston open casket picture
Whitney Houston Casket Photo
Whitney Houston casket photo
The National Enquirer has caused outrage due to their publishing of a picture of Whitney Houston's open casket at her funeral in Whigham Funeral Home, Newark, New Jersey.
The National Enquirer viewed Whitney in her favorite purple dress and gold slippers, suposidly donned over $500,000 worth of jewellery.
Director of the funeral home, Carolyn Whigham, has denied claims that she let anyone take photos of Whitney Houston's open casket.
Whitney Houston's premature death occurred at hotel suite in the Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills on February 11th 2012. She was discovered unconscious in the bathtub and remained unresponsive to CPR attempts by paramedics. Whitney was pronounced dead at 3.55pm, she was 48 years old.
Inside the magazine, The National Enquirer has also published a fake photo of a posed model submerged in a bathtub, replicating Whitney's death.
This is an absolutely shameful attempt in creating news related imagery.
The issue sparked a flurry of Tweets and comments of outrage online. Twitter fans were shocked and appalled at the magazines attempt to sell the Whitney Houston story.
It is claimed that the Houston family know who took the photo and it is up to them to release the name.
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Whitney Houston open casket photo
Despite her short life, Whitney has a successful career as an artist, actress, producer and model. However, her greatest achievement was her meteoric singing career which began at the tender age of 14, under the mentoring of mother and singer, Cissy Houston. The duo toured local clubs and bars until Whitney's breakout success only a year later, singing backup vocals on Chaka Kahn's hit "I'm every woman". The song would later bring her great success on the soundtrack of the Mick Jackson hit movie, "The Bodyguard".
Whitney has since been cited as "The Most Awarded Female Of All Time" by the Guinness World Records, in no doubt due to her 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, accumulating to form a total of 415 awards by 2010, and selling over 170 million albums worldwide. A success of this magnitude is encapsulated by each of her 7 studio albums and 3 movie soundtrack albums soaring to diamond, multi-platinum, platinum heights.
Whitney's musical success however, could not control or compete with her mirage of personal problems, largely believed to stem from her dysfunctional marriage to singer Bobby Brown. The pair met at the 1989 Soul Train Awards, and jumped on board a journey of domestic violence and drug abuse (primarily cocaine, marijuana, prescription medication and alcohol). Their co-dependant relationship was summarised by Houston as
"He was my drug,"
"I didn't do anything without him. I wasn't getting high by myself. It was me and him together. We were partners."
Although it may have been her catapult to success that thrust her into such a desperate union to Bobby and to drugs. Whitney appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show saying;
"I had so much money and so much access to what I wanted," Houston told Winfrey. "I didn't think about the singing part anymore. I was looking for my young womanhood."
It is a desperate shame that The National Enquirer could not let this unique woman find peace in her tragic death, nor let her loved ones the chance to grieve privately. She is forever branded by the hands of the paparazzi, much like Elvis Presley, who also fell victim to The National Enquirers open casket photo scandal in 1977.
Even in death, some celebrities never seem to escape the spotlight.
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This is not the first time the National Enquirer has published a controversial photo of a deceased celebrity. After his death in 1977, the magazine published this photo on the right of Elvis Presley on the cover.
This issue generated a massive amount of sales and broke all records previously held by the tabloid.
Another fine example of their invasive journalism in the past.