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Whitney Houston

Funeral Home Denies Leaking

Casket Photo

2/25/2012 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The funeral home where Whitney Houston's body was kept last week is denying that it played any role in leaking a photo of the pop legend inside her casket. 

Carolyn Whigham, owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, NJ, tells the Daily News she is devastated that the photo is out there and says her staff had nothing to do with it. 

She tells the paper, "We did not take that photo. We did not sell the photo. We would never do something like that."

Whigham says she has received numerous threats since the publication of the photo, but that Whitney's family has told her they do not blame the funeral home. 

FYI -- eight days ago, someone shopped that pic to TMZ ... we passed.

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46.

Melanie James    

Thanks TMZ for passing on the photo. RIP Whitney Houston! Your music will live on!

917 days ago
47.

Donna    

Yet TMZ had no problem showing Michael Jackson's autospy pictures. It's ironic how TMZ shows bias based on who they like and how much money is in it. It's obvious TMZ hates Michael Jackson and the Jackson family. But, unfortunately someone in the Houston camp is on the website's good side.

917 days ago
48.

johnny    

It is disgusting how low some people will go to make a dollar! Money really is " the root of all evil"!

917 days ago
49.

Truth    

...AND WHAT PROOF DOES CAROLE WHIGHAM HAVE THAT IT ISNT ANYONE ON HER STAFF?? JUST CUZ THEY ALL SAID 'NO' WHEN ASKED BY CAROLE IS NO PROOF THAT SOMEONE DIDNT DO IT. CAROLE IS OLD HERSELF LIKE LATE 60'S-70'S YR OLD. HIGHLY DOUBT SHE KEEPS TRACK OF WHAT HER YOUNGER EMPLOYEES ARE UP TO 24-7. LOOK, ANYONE COULD HAVE DONE IT. THE FUNERAL HOME OBVIOUSLY HAS TO SET UP THE CASKET DISPLAY BEFORE THE FAMILY CAME IN... ANY OF THE STAFF CAN TAKE 3-4 CELL PHONE SNAPS IN UNDER A MINUTE OR TAKE THE PICS AFTER THE FAMILY LEAVES. AS FOR THE FAMILY, MY SUSPICIONS IS RAFFLES VAN EXEL - SINCE CLOSE FAMILY FRIENDS ARE ALLOWED TO SEE THE BODY TOO IF INVITED BY THE MAIN FAMILY. IF SO... HE'S THE CULPRIT. ROGER FRIEDMAN DID A FEW REPORTS ON HIM AND SAID HE WAS INSIDE THE FAMILY LIMO WITH PATRICIA HOUSTON ON THE WAY TO THE FUNERAL, HMMMM. HE'S KNOWN TO TAKE TONS OF CELL PICS ON HIS TWITTER, FACEBOOK, ETC. BOBBI-KRIS AND WHITNEY'S GODSON NICHOLAS GORDON ALSO USES CELL PHONE PICS A LOT ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK, ETC. I HARDLY SEEN ANY CELL PHONE PICS POSTED ON ANY SOCIAL MEDIA BY THE OLDER HOUSTON CLAN LIKE PATRICIA, GARY, CISSY, MICHAEL, DONNA, ETC. ...JUST THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS, HMMM ..OR SOMEONE TOOK A PHOTO (YOUNGER GENS) AND PASSED IT ON TO A FRIEND WHO WASNT PRESENT AND THAT PERSON THEN SOLD IT TO THE ENQUIRER. SO MANY WAYS THIS PIC COULD HAVE GOTTEN OUT. #TRUTH!!

917 days ago
50.

Adrian    

i'm so proud of you tmz....and nice to know you have some dignity and respect for others unlike the enquire! You will continue to be in my favorites:)

917 days ago
51.

charlee    

you passed cause it was way too out of your budget !

917 days ago
52.

Truth    

UMMM, THAT'S BECAUSE MJ'S GURNEY PHOTO WAS PART OF THE AUTOPSY REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE COURT IN THE CONRAD MURRAY TRIAL... THEREFORE, IT WAS PUBLIC INFO AND ANYONE CAN GET IT FOR FREE. TMZ JUST DIDNT WANT TO PAY THE CULPRIT FOR THE WHITNEY CASKET PHOTO. OTHERWISE, IF IT WAS FREE LIKE MJ'S PIC NO DOUBT HARVEY WOULD HAVE POSTED THAT TOO!! NOW TMZ IS JUST ACTING ALL PR LIKE IT'S A SIN OR SOMETHING. #TRUTH!!

917 days ago
53.

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917 days ago
54.

Tiff    

Everyone should have passed on that photo. Sad sad sad

917 days ago
55.

Celebrities Suck    

Per the enquirer Whitney was buried wearing jewelry worth $500,000 .... That's pathetic, haven't they heard of the crazy things that happen out in funeral homes in the N/E? I've heard that once the family members leave and no longer come back they bring up the caskets and take the jewelry off of the corpse. Specially out in New Jersey/New York..

917 days ago
56.

n.o.y.b.    

Well good for you. Still hate you for paying murderer Casey Anthony though. Don't act all high and mighty.

917 days ago
57.

Giggles    

Oh, TMZ has ethics now. Who knew?

917 days ago
58.

Shirley    

Her family knows who sold the picture.

917 days ago
59.

Tye    

WOW......you passed on the picture of her in the casket but you sure didn't pass on the picture of the bathtub she died in and her last meal.......SMH....... so TMZ youre being selective with which pictures you choose to pay for.HA....HA....HA.....HA...HA.

917 days ago
60.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

TMZ passed because the people wanted more money than TMZ wanted pay. Don't try to make out like you suddenly developed scruples.

917 days ago
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