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Whitney Houston open casket picture

Updated on March 2, 2012

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.

Posed model photo

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.

Alicia Keys tribute at Whitney Houston's funeral

Elvis Presley

National Enquirer publish photo of Elvis Presley after his death
National Enquirer publish photo of Elvis Presley after his death

Elvis Presley open casket photo

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.

Elvis Presley Greatest Hits


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      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      whiney huston wsa like auntie to me her music got me through some ruff times god was ready for is angel and called her home she is truly missed and not forgotting and my heart goes ouy to her daughter i know how it fell to lose your mother

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      6 years ago

      i really miss her and i wish she was still here u wndey and all remmber nt for gotting.

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      6 years ago

      Why is this so upsetting, they did not think a damn thing about showing Michael Jackson laying naked on an autopsy table, now that was WRONG.

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      6 years ago

      she is very loving and thoughtful to everyone. i wish this didn't happen...seeing her in a casket broke my heart because it is like losing something valuable. i will keep my prayers for her and everyone in her family especially her daughter.

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      A Wells 

      6 years ago

      Whitney was loved by so many

      and some fans may have wanted to view her in a picture. The family should be able to have privacy,but for that $ a person will do anything. I'm sure the family is angry, but this comes with being the Loved Whitney Huston. My prayers go out to the family, but especially to her daughter.

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      marilyn hunwardsen 

      6 years ago

      I understand about privacy, but over the years she became special to all of us as if she was our own. We might need the same closer that the family does in seeing her in death to accept it. I really don't see anything wrong. She was an icon and was because of all those who fell in love with her voice and herself. God bless the family and hope they just get over this and don't make a huge thing of it. I do believe that there should be no money that was collected for the pic though. If so they need to get it back and give it to cherity of Whitneys.

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      6 years ago

      Everyone knew she had died; why not show her body? We loved her and wanted to get a last look at her

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful Article. I adore Whitney but there was no need to bury her with all that Jewelry. It's just a matter of time before someone gets it and it will cause the family more grief. I understand, they have 24 hour security but no situation is solid these days.

      Thanks for sharing.


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