Carolyn Whigham, the owner of the funeral home that handled Whitney Houston’s remains is said to be “devastated” that a photo showing the legendary singer’s body in an open casket was leaked to the National Enquirer.
It is believed the picture was taken inside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey, where Whitney Houston’s family attended a private wake last Friday on the eve of her funeral.
Carolyn Whigham says neither she nor her staff is responsible.
“We did not take that photo. We did not sell the photo. We would never do something like that,” Carolyn Whigham told the New York Daily News.
Carolyn Whigham, who is a second-generation owner of the Whigham Funeral Home said she had a long-standing relationship with Whitney Houston.
“Whitney was a friend,” the business owner said.
“I’m the one who flew to Los Angeles and got Whitney from the coroner’s office. I did everything to protect her.”
Carolyn Whigham, the owner of the funeral home that handled Whitney Houston's remains is said to be “devastated” that a photo showing the legendary singer's body in an open casket was leaked to the National Enquirer
The image shows the singer’s body resting inside her partially open casket.
The National Enquirer has run the snap alongside a bold headline proclaiming: “Whitney: The last photo!”
When the picture of Whitney Houston in open casket hit newstands, Carolyn Whigham said she received a number of distressing emails from irate Houston fans and she now fears for her staff’s safety.
“One email said that if the person owned a dog, and the dog died, they would not come to my funeral home,” Carolyn Whigham said.
“I’m worried about my employees, worried about me. I’ve been in business since 1943. This is my name, my character. Honestly, this is my life’s work. We would never do something like this.”
Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy and daughter Bobbi Kristina are said to be outraged about the photo.
“Their heart broken all over again” sources close to the family told TMZ.
One source said: “The family could tell from the photo that it was taken from inside the funeral home, but they have no idea who would have snapped the pic.”
Whitney Houston, 48, died in a hotel suite in Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on 11 February.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles county coroner said multiple bottles of prescription medication were recovered from Whitney Houston’s room, but the official cause of her death has not been revealed.
The shocking National Enquirer cover photo shows Whitney Houston wearing a deep purple dress, a sparkling brooch and diamond earrings.
Carolyn Whigham disputed the tabloid’s claim that Whitney Houston was buried with $500,000 worth of precious stones.
“That’s crazy. It’s not true,” Carolyn Whigham told The Daily News.
Kardashian family makes millions from living their lives in the public eye on their reality television shows, but Daniel Craig is one person who is less than impressed by them.
The James Bond star launched an astonishing foul-mouthed rant at the brood, headed by Kim Kardashian, in a new interview in the January edition of GQ magazine.
Daniel Craig labeled the Kardashians “f***ing idiots” and criticized those who “sell” themselves and then make demands about their private lives.
Daniel Craig, 43, who managed to keep his marriage to Rachel Weisz under wraps in the summer, told GQ magazine: “I think there’s a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel.
“It’s not about being afraid to be public with your emotions or about who you are and what you stand for. But if you sell it off it’s gone.
“You can’t buy it back – you can’t buy your privacy back. Ooh I want to be alone. F*** you. We’ve been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta and now you want some privacy?
Referring to the Kardashians, Daniel Craig said: “Look at the Kardashians, they’re worth millions. I don’t think they were that badly off to begin with but now look at them.
“You see that and you think <<what, you mean all I have to do is behave like a f***ing idiot on television and then you’ll pay me millions>>.
“I’m not judging it – well, I am obviously.”
Daniel Craig launched an astonishing foul-mouthed rant at the brood, headed by Kim Kardashian, in a new interview in the January edition of GQ magazine
Daniel Craig also spoke about his wedding to Rachel Weisz, and said that while they managed to keep it out of the spotlight, he doesn’t feel victorious about the matter.
“We got away with it. We did it privately and I’ve got a lot of people to thank for that. But that was the point, we did it for private reasons.
“Because we didn’t want it f*****d up, because that would be sharing a secret. And the whole point is that it was a secret. A secret is a secret in my mind.”
Refusing to go into any details about the ceremony, Daniel Craig said: “Look, I’m in love. I’m very happy. And that is as far as I’m prepared to go. Life is long, life goes wrong and I don’t want to say something now that might be thrown back later.”
Daniel Craig, who is now working on the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, can soon be seen in the English language remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
But the actor says despite his lengthy and successful career, he is still not happy with how things stand.
Daniel Craig said: “I’m definitely not satisfied about my career. I don’t know how you can be, it’s the very nature of things.
“I’m always trying to figure it out, and I’m kind of unsatisfied constantly. I always want to get it right and I don’t know what the answer to it is.
“But I do know that it’s out there and I do know it’s worth looking for.”