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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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106.

road_angel    

I had to laugh when tmz said someone shopped that pic of Whitney and they passed. Tmz you only passed cause you weren't willing to pay the top price so the person went else where. YOu guys are just as slimy as the rest of them. If the price was right you'd be airing it now on your sight. Don't come off all goodie too shoes. Your history shows other wise. And the public isn't that niave what an insult that you think we would believe you.

881 days ago
107.

bunny    

You should be talking to the person that shopped that photo. TMZ could have solved that problem right away.

881 days ago
108.

My2cents    

The photo is fake. Whitney Houston was wearing white at the wake!!!!!!!!!!!!RESEACH

881 days ago
109.

My2cents    

In fact I believe the photo is from the movie "Sparkle" ;)

881 days ago
110.

Amethyst    

Most likely it came from the security team. They watched the body 24 hours a day. They are the ones that were there when no one else was there. Probably a guard with the graveyard watch (while the others slept). After all, they would not have an emotional connection to the family. Plus, the paparazzi are very slick, one of them could have gotten on the security team, knew the owner or a manager of the security company, or knew someone on the security team and was quietly let in. Whoever took the pictures had plenty of time to take them. One shot was up close and the other shot from a distance. There might be other shots, and these two were selected for publication. The shots were not tilted or uneven, the colors, and the features of the body were very clear. It does not look like the work of a grieving amateur. Cell phone shots are not usually this good. Especially those from amateurs. At viewings, usually people are walking around, and in this photo, the room looks empty. As for the Funeral Home staff, the 24-hour security would have seen them, so the Funeral Home would not have taken the risk. Another thing is, with infrared technology, a person does not have to be in the room to get a photo. I think some infrared technology can penetrate surfaces. Also, there are cameras that can take pictures at great distances and angles. The paparazzi have some of the best equipment on the market.

881 days ago
111.

Jay    

It was either an employee of the funeral home which the owner doesn't know about or Bobby Brown who visited alone and needed the cash.

881 days ago
112.

tellmeaboutit     

I don't think the funeral home staff did it either. That wouldn't be a plus for their business. I would guess it's closer to home than that, meaning family or the security they used. Anyway, what kind of dim wits make threats against a funeral home?? People really are getting crazier every day.

881 days ago
113.

theseal    

The Inquirer TOTALLY disrespected Whitney Houston and her family. Sadly...We (the nosy, celebrity infatuated public is responsible. If we didn't buy those gossip mags, or click on stuff in TMZ, they wouldn't print disrespectful stuff like that.

881 days ago
114.

dot    

It is a crying shame that someone would be that low. The family is already hurting. What is this world coming to, just no respect.

880 days ago
115.

Lupe    

Most likely it came from the security team. They watched the body 24 hours a day. They are the ones that were there when no one else was there. Probably a guard with the graveyard watch (while the others slept). After all, they would not have an emotional connection to the family. Plus, the paparazzi are very slick, one of them could have gotten on the security team, knew the owner or a manager of the security company, or knew someone on the security team and was quietly let in. Whoever took the pictures had plenty of time to take them. One shot was up close and the other shot from a distance. There might be other shots, and these two were selected for publication. The shots were not tilted or uneven, the colors, and the features of the body were very clear. It does not look like the work of a grieving amateur. Cell phone shots are not usually this good. Especially those from amateurs. At viewings, usually people are walking around, and in this photo, the room looks empty. As for the Funeral Home staff, the 24-hour security would have seen them, so the Funeral Home would not have taken the risk. Another thing is, with infrared technology, a person does not have to be in the room to get a photo. I think some infrared technology can penetrate surfaces. Also, there are cameras that can take pictures at great distances and angles. The paparazzi have some of the best equipment on the market.

880 days ago
116.

Lupe    

Most likely it came from the security team. They watched the body 24 hours a day. They are the ones that were there when no one else was there. Probably a guard with the graveyard watch (while the others slept). After all, they would not have an emotional connection to the family. Plus, the paparazzi are very slick, one of them could have gotten on the security team, knew the owner or a manager of the security company, or knew someone on the security team and was quietly let in. Whoever took the pictures had plenty of time to take them. One shot was up close and the other shot from a distance. There might be other shots, and these two were selected for publication. The shots were not tilted or uneven, the colors, and the features of the body were very clear. It does not look like the work of a grieving amateur. Cell phone shots are not usually this good. Especially those from amateurs. At viewings, usually people are walking around, and in this photo, the room looks empty. As for the Funeral Home staff, the 24-hour security would have seen them, so the Funeral Home would not have taken the risk. Another thing is, with infrared technology, a person does not have to be in the room to get a photo. I think some infrared technology can penetrate surfaces. Also, there are cameras that can take pictures at great distances and angles. The paparazzi have some of the best equipment on the market.

880 days ago
117.

carol    

Except for Whitney Houston family why the outrage over pic of whitney the casket? Death will come to us all. This fact seems to bring out o certain facination of death details and pics, So don't pretend you did not want to look. It was a lot more attractive than some of her pics in life..get over it.........

880 days ago
118.

Cutie 57     

TMZ should release the name or person/ persons who tried to sell them these pictures This would be in the public's interest. Since this photo was unauthorized it is not legitimate. it is really disgraceful and shameful that a close friend. funeral workers family member should benefit from 500,000. If not the public should boycott the National Enquirer. Since this is all about money, the public should teach them a lesson.

880 days ago
119.

robyn    

The answer is obvious....security took the picture and leaked it.

880 days ago
120.

Dee    

I have mad respect for TMZ! What they did goes far with me.

880 days ago
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