Whitney Houston Coffin Photo Sets Off Feud

Whitney Houston is shown on the cover of the National Enquirer in her open gold casket, but nobody knows how it happened.

The National Enquirer did not explain how they captured the unauthorized Houston photo that was taken at the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey. The coffin was described as gold with white silk lining and she was wearing a purple dress with a broach over her heart. The headline states, “Whitney: The Last Photo! Inside Her Private Viewing.”

Of course, the tabloid would not say who had given them the picture, that prompted a shock on Twitter among other places.

The people who attended Houston’s private two-hour viewing included her mother Cissy Houston, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, brother Michael Houston, brother Gary Garland, mentor Clive Davis, and her cousin Dionne Warwick.

Then there were over 1,000 additional relatives and friends who attended her funeral; the attendees included Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Mariah Carey, Ray J, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Star Jones, Forest Whitaker, Diane Sawyer, Mary J. Blige, and her ex-husband Bobby Brown.

This is not the first time that a publication used a graphic photo for profit. When Michael Jackson passed away, newspapers published an image of him while he was on his deathbed during Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial.

So, this prompts the question: Who would have used Houston’s death for profit?

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