Whitney buried wearing $500 000 jewels, dead body spark uproar

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Controversia- The National Enquirer has published a photograph on the cover of today issue,

Published on February 25, 2012 with No Comments

A PHOTOGRAPH apparently showing Whitney Houston in an open coffin has been published on the cover of the National Enquirer.

The chilling picture shows the singer lying dead in her golden casket, clad in a regal purple dress and wearing what looks like a diamond brooch and earrings.

The weekly American magazine has run the snap alongside a bold headline proclaiming: ‘!’

Controversial: The National Enquirer has published a photograph on the cover of today issue,
apparently showing Whitney Houston dead in her coffin

It is understood the photograph was taken inside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey, where her family attended a private wake last Friday on the eve of her funeral.

The magazine claims the photo was taken at the private viewing – although does not reveal who took the picture.

Carolyn Whigham, the owner of the Whigham Funeral Home, told MailOnline when asked for a comment: ‘I have spoken with the family about this and they have asked me not to comment on the matter.’

Whitney – who died aged 48 on February 11 – was wearing jewels worth $500,000 and had gold slippers on her feet, according to the publication.

The image – which was published in today’s edition – has stirred a strong reaction on Twitter, with people expressing their shock.

‘#wrong #rip,’ wrote one Twitter user named as The Bitter Critter.

Another user of the social networking site, Eric S Pittman, simply exclaimed ‘Oh dear’ while tweeter Peter Anthony Holder wrote: ‘No privacy for Whitney, even in death. As usual, the National Enquirer is a piece of work.’

The singer’s funeral took place on Saturday and was attended by stars including Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey and her co-star from The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner.

The star’s on-off boyfriend Ray J was also in attendance.

Houston was laid to rest the following day in a burial service attended by close family and friends.

She was found dead in the bathtub of her fourth-floor hotel suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards.
The official cause of death is yet to be revealed, pending the release of toxicology reports – which could still be several weeks off.

However, there has been speculation that the troubled star – who endured a long battle with drugs – died as a result of a deadly concoction of prescriptions drugs and alcohol.

Yesterday, RadarOnline reported Whitney had a mixture of Valium, Xanax and alcohol in her system when she was found at the Beverly Hilton.

Shock: People have taken to Twitter to express their dismay at the magazine publishing the photo

Shock: People have taken to Twitter to express their dismay at the magazine publishing the photo

‘Whitney had taken Valium, Xanax, and alcohol, which led to her death,’ a source close to the situation told the website.

‘The coroner is waiting on final toxicology results to determine which one of the three was the major contributing factor of her demise.’

The insider went on: ‘The coroner will be closely examining Whitney’s blood alcohol content at the time she died as well. The sedatives and alcohol will almost certainly be the cause of death, and not drowning.

‘Her heart stopped beating because her respiratory system was suppressed because of the anti-anxiety meds, and combined with the booze it probably happened very quickly before she was found partially submerged in the bathtub.’

Meanwhile, Whitney’s daughter Bobbi-Kristina is said to be struggling to cope in the wake of her mother’s death.

Radar reported yesterday the 18-year-old was ‘wasted’ and appeared ‘disconnected’ at Sunday’s burial – claims which were later vehemently denied by a representative for the Houston Estate.

Her family – including father Bobby Brown – are also apparently keen for the teenager to go to rehab to seek treatment for her own alleged issues with alcohol and drugs.

A source told the website: ‘Krissy has taken her mother’s death really hard, not surprisingly, and Bobby is terrified she’s going to do something stupid.

‘He wants her in a treatment centre, getting professional help to get her through the grieving process without falling back on alcohol or drugs to mask her pain.’

The Enquirer published a post-mortem photo of John Lennon on its cover back in 1980 and also one of Elvis in his coffin in 1977.

 

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