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Whitney Houston

Family 'Disgusted'

by Casket Photo

2/25/2012 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Whitney Houston's family had "their heart broken all over again" this week when they saw a photo of Whitney laying in her casket published on the cover of a magazine ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to the family tell TMZ the family is disgusted the photo was printed and they have no idea how security surrounding the casket was breached. We're told 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.

Our sources say Whitney's mother, Cissy, has taken the publication of the photo the hardest.

Despite their disgust and outrage, we're told the family will not investigate the matter further.  

The owner of the funeral home has denied any wrongdoing on the part of her or her staff.

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16.

Truth    

CHANCES ARE THE ENQUIRER ALREADY MADE A DEAL WITH THE FUNERAL HOME EMPLOYEE PRIOR TO THE BODY EVEN BEING COLD. MIGHT WANNA LIST ALL THE NAMES AT THE FUNERAL HOME AND CHECK WHOSE CELL PHONE ACCOUNT ALL OF A SUDDEN GOT A NEW REPLACEMENT FONE AND NEW CELL NUMBER. #TRUTH!!

917 days ago
17.

Star Whacker    

Here's another point. The family is willing to seel the video of the funeral, but probably what disgusts them about the photo is that they didn't get to sell it fir$t.

If they are soo upset about seeing her in her cf
asket, why did they have a viewing of her body. If they are bothered by seeing her that way, they should have stayed home.

917 days ago
18.

Dom The Mover    

Give use specifics, or just say we made this crap up! and don't call it family, and hire a damn rep! Family sounds like there mobsters

917 days ago
19.

karlew    

I'm thinking at least one of this bunch is a hypocrite with a whole lot of the Enquirer's money in their bank account.

917 days ago
20.

ilovetheshowmadmen    

Was Joe or Jermaine Jackson there? just saying....

917 days ago
21.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Probably, it was taken by the same "family sources" that have been flapping their lips to TMZ ever day since Whitney died.

917 days ago
22.

bill    

The only reason some of them are upset is the other 1/2 beat them to it already. Pics have been surfacing before and will continue after. They do have to raise money quickly now that they are all out of work and the meal ticket has left the building as they say. that's why they wont check they would have to arrest one of their owm.

917 days ago
23.

bunny    

Yesterday I saw two different pathetic magazines with a picture of Houston in the casket. Talk about a lack of respect but those magazines have never done anything respectful in their life. Should children standing in the store line really be seeing things like that?

917 days ago
24.

sPaNkdEnALgAs    

Just googled the casket photo. It had to have been an inside job- either by one of the dead beat family members or by someone who works there.
The picture is just too 'clean" meaning that there is no people in this photo & the angles are "perfect", not sideways like someone was secretly taking the pictures or someones head, shoulder, etc. is in the way.
And seriously, do you really think the family would have approved of someone taking pictures in their presence or during the viewing?
Just saying...

917 days ago
25.

Kari    

When someone chooses to be in the public eye, this is what happens. I can't believe anyone is shocked by this. Besides, she looks very peaceful and that is comforting to everyone.

917 days ago
26.

cece    

The Presley photo taken by a family member and sold to the tabloids for 19 grand.
I would bet that a family member did it, thats why there is no further investigation.
Still RIP peace Nippy

917 days ago
27.

Anya    

No big deal really..... have seen lot worse pics of her online

917 days ago
28.

JEWremy LIN     

That Chris Brown and his newly snatched iPhone... SMh

917 days ago
29.

TruthFull2000    

Thats just distasteful. Money truly is the root of all evil, and The National Enquirer is looking like a close second.

917 days ago
30.

sPaNkdEnALgAs    

BUT ALSO, hasn't the family been doing certain things to try to raise money for Bobby Christina? Didn't they take something away from TMZ last week? It may have just very well have been Houston's family who shopped the photo's....

917 days ago
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