Whitney Houston looks at peace and quite regal in her final photo laying in her casket. The photo was apparently taken at the private family-only viewing and sold to The National Enquirer. But who would do such a thing?
Publishing photos of celebrities lying dead in their caskets is a time-honored tabloid tradition. Elvis Presley was subjected to the same treatment when he died in 1977.
In fact, The National Enquirer published that photo as well. The tabloid bought it from some of Presley’s inner circle, who wanted to cash in on the King one last time. So who sold out Whitney?
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Publishing photos of celebrities lying dead in their caskets is a time-honored tabloid tradition at the National Enquirer.
The tabloid will likely never disclose its source, but it probably paid a pretty penny for the photo. Since it also has a two part interview with Bobby Brown’s sister Tina in the paper as well, she is the prime suspect.
The photo shows Whitney in her golden casket, wearing a purple dress, he favorite color, and gold slippers. She also is wearing a diamond broach and earrings, which the tabloid valued at $500,000. It claimed she was buried in the jewelry, but that’s highly unlikely.
Usually, expensive jewelry is removed from the body by the funeral home before the casket is closed and buried to prevent grave robbing.
The picture had to have been taken inside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark. It was the scene of a private open-casket service attended only by family last Friday.
The magazine claims the photo was taken at the private viewing, and it’s possible one of the funeral home employees took it as well.
In the same issue, Tina Brown recounts her experience doing drugs with Whitney, which is far more damaging that the photo, although that too is a breach of trust.
Brown said Whitney would smoke crack and take cocaine for days at a time until she became dangerously delusional. Whitney would claim she saw demons and would hit herself until she was bruised all over.
Finally, her mother Cissy Houston staged an intervention, and Whitney almost jumped out of a second story window to escape. She finally went into rehab, but Tina claims the singer still smoked crack every day she was in rehab.
In June 2004, Tina was sent to prison for a year for possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation. She has a record of arrests for drug offenses, according to the newspaper.
Tina also sold a story about Whitney’s drug use to the National Enquirer in 2005, so she knows how the drill works.
One theme runs throughout her interviews; she claims Whitney did drugs of her own volition, countering the view that Bobby got her hooked on drugs. Whitney also told Oprah that Brown did drugs every time she did and would beat her up.