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National Enquirer Posts Picture Of Whitney Houston’s Dead Body

National Enquirer Whitney Houston Last Photo

The National Enquirer this week posted a picture of Whitney Houston’s body as it lay in a casket and that decision by the editorial team at the Enquirer has led to outrage from Houston fans and various publications.

In the photograph Houston is shown wearing a dark dress while lying in a coffin and her nickhame “Nippy” is featured in blue script along with two treble clefs on the white lining of the casket’s cover.

In a second photograph the coffin appears to be empty in a viewing room at a funeral home which suggests it’s real.

Since the funeral was invitation only the photograph was either taken by a friend or family member or more likely someone who gained access to the funeral home during non-viewing hours since the photograph appears to have been taken inside an empty room.

In the cover headline from the gossip publication the National Enquirer claims that Houston was buried in nearly $500,000 worth of jewelry and wore her favorite purple dress with gold slippers.

The photos may have been taken at the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, N.J although the location of the photographs is not known at this time.

Following the release of the pictures various writers called out the publication including Washington Post Celebritology blogger Sarah Anne who called the photo “shocking and disturbing” while Gossip Cop says it “represents the very worst of predatory paparazzi culture.”

In what might be the most succinct and pointed Twitter reaction Lisa Fung, executive editor of The Wrap tweeted:

“Oh yuck. The National Enquirer’s Whitney Houston cover is yet another low.”

The Enquirer model comes one week after the tabloid featured a photo recreation of a model photographed in a bathtub and then sprawled out on the floor.

Do you think the National Enquirer has gone too far in publishing the photos of Whitney Houston’s dead body?

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85 Responses to “National Enquirer Posts Picture Of Whitney Houston’s Dead Body”

  1. Anonymous

    This publication is a disgrace and always has been…Let the family have their Privacy…and Let Whitney REST IN PEACE!

  2. Pauline Fiorentino

    The only place left for dignity is surely not on earth. SHame on the National Enquirer. 2 radio show hosts get suspended for defining Whitney as a " drug addict" ( using a less abrasive noun than what was said) and the people from National Enquirer keep their jobs after publishing this picture. RIP Whitney. I know where you are, things like this don't even matter to you. God is good!

  3. Joe Wier

    Another dead drug addict. The only difference between her and the rest was the fact she could sing. At least she died the way she wanted. So high she could not swim out of her bath tub. Aww too soon.

  4. Linda Singleton

    What a jackass that would betray the family and sell the photo to that trashy enquirer. Whoever did it, I hope karma catches and exposes the compassionless, low down rat. Boy, what money won't buy! Hopefully the money will do whoever it was not a bit of good.

  5. Kim Bush

    why don't u go take a very long walk off a very short peir. u don't need to be disrespectful like that. if you passed would you want ppl saying crap like that about u? no I am sure not. The Tox report isn't even done yet and u want to specuate how she died. ur just as bad as this junky rumor spreaeding trashoid, publishing pics that should never be published.

  6. Kim Bush

    Who the Hell would even give permission for pictures like this to go to press.has no morals what so ever. They are just a trashiod trying to make money. I realize they need to sell papers but this is lower then low. so disrespectful. it's as bad as the crap they pulled with MJ just to sell papers. if ya all want to sell papers try telling the good to honest truth instead of trash and lies. Get all the FACTS straight and Verified before u run your mouths, don't print pictures that are disrespectful, I mean God there's a reason why the funeral was invotation only, and a private viewing for the family. not so that u can publish them and make up lies about Whitney may she rest in peace. Oh crap like this makes my blood boil!

  7. Scribbled Pink

    Vile? Yes. But whose fault is it really? They wouldn't publish it if people didn't buy it. If people stopped buying crap it would stop being published & that's the only way to put papparazzi out of business.

  8. Shakeithia McCoy DoiinqqMeeh

    Wen say I am so mf tired of wat the fuck ppl gotta say bout whitney houston I am fhqken tired um so like feed the fhqk up let her name rest in peace she is in a better place n by everyone an the media keep talkin thats not maken it no better on her daughter man how would yall fell if it was yall fhqken family thats did n noone wont let there name rest ugh ish like this blow the fhqk outta me n everyone gne mke one fhqken mistake n everyone gotta mke a big deal about everyones aint perfect soo yall have to think before u speak this lady daughter going thro enough n I knw she feed up wit the cruel ish u sayin bout ha mom I would b n just like yall wouldnt wnt noone talm bout yall parents

  9. Loretta Holliman

    That is so true. I've avoided purchasing any of those gossip rags for years.

  10. Susan Claridge

    now if this was a nobody, ppl wdnt give 2 shits, but because it was sm well know and had a great voice everybody is saying how disgusting……. but guess what the people that have commented have looked at it no matter how disgusting and low they say it is.

  11. Nedra Sabido

    I dont think its bad……i wanted to see how she looked and she was very pretty

  12. Vicki Botdorf

    I think the National Enquirer should be sued for publishing any such pictures whether is Whitney Houston or any famous star. to me that is invasion of privacy! I don't care if it is a model or not!

  13. Floyd Mitchell

    Bobby brown might be the culprit , seems like he might be the type to cash in on her one more time.

  14. Theresa Hickman

    Curiosity is no excuse for disrespect. Her family's decision to keep it a private matter was totally disregarded. Heartless on the person who sold his / her soul to the 'devil' .4 those of u who hav a desire to see her Lifeless in a casket; only fuel the macabre behavior of junk mags like the Enquirer.

  15. Arlene Jantz

    What a disgrace to Whitney and her family. It just proves the Enquirer mag is what I call trash. Where is the consideration for people who are going thru the loss of a loved one. Magazine with no class! I can't believe the editor approved this picture and story!

  16. Dee Kostella

    I would bet the National Enq. is sold out by now. All these protests about the cover photo is a farce, the fans that loved her will be first in line to grab up the photo of their icon and those that weren`t fans will do the same to satisfy their curiosity over all the hoopla. If I see the Enquirer at the checkout, I`ll buy it. At least I`m honest about it.

  17. Les Reese

    In life Whitney Houston was the target of some parasites and leeches who did not have her best interest at heart. Why would this event be any different? Sometimes Whitney herself threw her dignity under the bus and allowed the public to see things that should not have been for public consumption. I admired her talent and prayed that things would not end the way that they did. She tried to beat her demons but it would seem that drugs had a grip on her that she could not get rid of. All of the distasteful remarks, venomous and judgmental verbage have only "outed" the true nature of some very cruel and vicious people who inhabit this planet. Thank God for Jesus and for the promise of eternal life in a place where the "wicked shall cease from troubling and the weary shall be at rest." Had Whitney retired and never sung another note she still was "the voice of the century" and should have not felt the need to prove herself to anyone. RIP Whitney cause you dam sure were'nt going to have it on this planet. You made a beautiful corpse. The devil did not win this one.

  18. Linda Oblack

    "Do you think the National Enquirer has went too far in publishing the photos of Whitney Houston’s dead body?"

    To the author of this sentence: it's "has gone" not "has went."

  19. Linda Oblack

    "Do you think the National Enquirer has went too far in publishing the photos of Whitney Houston’s dead body?"

    To the author of this sentence: it's "has gone" not "has went."

  20. Kathi Grundy Reed

    They took pictures of Elvis when he died and no one bitched. Why are they bitching about Whitney? Any published photos of the deceased are grotesque. The way to protest is NOT BUY THE MAGAZINE! Do not give in to morbid curiosity and interest. Who cares what she looked like in her coffin? Does anyone ever look bad in their coffin, especially the rich? If they looked bad, their bodies would not be on display. She was beautiful in life. The family would not let her be displayed if she looked any different.

  21. Kathi Grundy Reed

    They took pictures of Elvis when he died and no one bitched. Why are they bitching about Whitney? Any published photos of the deceased are grotesque. The way to protest is NOT BUY THE MAGAZINE! Do not give in to morbid curiosity and interest. Who cares what she looked like in her coffin? Does anyone ever look bad in their coffin, especially the rich? If they looked bad, their bodies would not be on display. She was beautiful in life. The family would not let her be displayed if she looked any different.

  22. Whitney Chisholm

    I don't think it was all that bad to have published it but the way it was done yes I don't believe it was right. I think that as a fan we would have wanted to have a chance to see her in a better light one more time instead of the way the media is portraying her or the way she was in the end, I do however think that it was too soon to do something like this and not give the family time to grieve and at least try and get permission or some type of agreement from them.

  23. Angie M Lowe

    I'm sorry but I'm so tired of people accusing bobby brown of her death no one forced her to smoke crack yea he may have introduced her to it but she was a grown ass woman who knows how to say no I am a recovering crack smoker myself its been 4 yrs clean an I hated it when people wanted to accuse my best friend for my smoking but like whitney houston I am a adult an I knew right from wrong shes dead because she was sick an wasnt tired of bein sick n tired yet bobbys doin great for his self sad whitney couldn't do the same rip whitney loved your music an ull be missed but people need to stop blaming others for her addiction that killed her.

  24. Lori M. Heim

    Its sad somone cashed in on this and was disrespectiful to the family. I do understand the she was a public figure but really this is terrible.

  25. Lori M. Heim

    WOW I wish these rag mags would go away I mean to have no decency at a time when the family could use some privacy is beyond horrible! I understand Whitney was a public figure but she was a daughter, mother, etc above anything else….

  26. Linda Stoker

    Please don't blame Bobby. He was only at the funeral 28 minutes before leaving because of security. I doubt very seriously if he had an opportunity to take any pics anytime!!

  27. Linda Wood

    I think that it's disgusting to publish any type of a photo like that…. AND why WHY would the media be blabbing about how many thousands of dollars worth of jewelry she was wearing so that her grave will now be robbed…. MY GOD isn't there enough to write about… If I was WH's family I WOULD SUE that paper and any others that have discussed any details of what she was or wasn't wearing…

  28. Shari Perry

    It is very sad how Whitney Houston met her demise. She was one of the best entertainers of our time. The "very worst of predatory paparazzi culture" was the death of Princess Diana, though. I am a firm believer of Freedom of Speech, but I don't believe our forefathers intended for this type of behavior to occur and the paparazzi to use this right as an excuse for poor judgement.

  29. Melanie Haecker-Clements

    And who cares? They show dead popes and politicians too?

  30. Melanie Haecker-Clements

    And who cares? They show dead popes and politicians too?

  31. Marcia Shock

    I didn't believe they really stooped so low. Thank you for blurring the photo…She brought joy to the world thru her singing…..Leave her memory alone! Rest in Peace Miss Houston!

  32. Beverly Ann Schubis

    Quite honestly, while I think the National Enquirer had no right and used very poor judgement in publishing the photos, there are some cultures that do in fact take pictures of their loved ones while laid out in the casket.

    It would not be my personal preference, but I would really like to know how the family feels about these photos and who in their so called "inner circle" took these pictures. Seems that someone they refer to as a friend and/or confidant has just breached their (family of Whitney Houston) privacy!

  33. Derrick Hines

    Wow Floyd really you can be that fucking stupid its dumb fucks like you that just make not fucking even Bobby Brown wont sink that low. Get a fucking life Floyd with you retarded dumbass self

  34. Karen Severino

    You can almost expect this type of callousness from the tabloids. They repeatedly lie and print disgusting unauthorized pictures that are made to sell their disgusting rags. I think anyone taking pictures of the dead as they are laid to rest is awful, let alone printing them in a newspaper that is distributed nationwide. Whitney deserved better than this! All of these types of tabloids, including the Globe need to be put out of business for their constant intrusion of privacy. This could happen if we stop buying these crappy papers!

  35. Val Shug Woods

    I don't understand why everyone is so mad abt the pictures of whitney inside of the national enquirer. I'm not sure abt everyone else, but I really wanted to see how great she lookD. I think the funeral home did a WONDERFUL job and she was beautiful and she lookD like she was just resting, bcuz she was tired of fighting drugs, rumors, demons in her head, jokes, and BOBBY BROWN. Whitney Houston is finally resting in peace, and I now feel like I have closure after seeing this picture. RIP Whitney, you will never be forgotten, and we have so many pics, movies, and your music to help us remember the good times, and this picture does not make me feel any different abt the legacy whitney left behind.

  36. Val Shug Woods

    They should have titled it, "Whitney finally resting in peace"…but it was a beautiful picture and i really feel like i have closure now and it make me feel like now, there will be no tabloids saying whitney houston was spotted in Africa…because we not have casket photos…

  37. Tracie Byrd

    This is A shame before God the the National Enquirer will post a picture of our late Whitney Houston while R.I.P in her casket….money is the root to all evil…who ever sold this to them I hope you got and will get what You deserve this was a private ceremony for close friends and family.Who ever is reponsible for publishing this picture at Enquirer I hope the Houson family SUES THE HELL out of you! DISREPECTFUL BASTARDS!

  38. Khatira Couldgiveadamn

    Cuz I dont blame them…..i blame the person who sold it to them…..

  39. Latashia Lee

    That's a damn shame. What people would do for money these days is beyond disrespectful. I pray her family can grieve in peace. R.I.P Whitney. There will never be another.

  40. James Johnson

    I was wondering that as well. Some reports say she was broke, so why not leave half a million dollars in jewelry to your daughter rather then being buried in it. I don't know who made that boneheaded decision if her estate really is hurting that bad.

  41. Rick Bridges

    You mean the 3 hour long media fiasco called a funeral wasn't enough to turn peoples stomachs? If you don't like the picture, don't buy the magazine. Move on with your life now.

  42. Patricia Ann Rizzo

    The minute you say you want privacy and secrecy – forget it! I don't feel they should have buried Whitney outside if they wanted privacy for her. Michael Jackson is in a guarded mausoleum in Glendale, CA – a set up like that for Whitney would have insured privacy. Don't blame the rags for doing what their customers want them to do because we all know they are going to do it anyway. The family could have planned this better. Publishing that she was buried in half a million dollars worth of jewels isn't helping either. Could give some ghouls the incentive to dig her up – and don't think that can't happen.

  43. Patricia Ann Rizzo

    Linda Stoker yes but I just read he is coming out with a "tell all" book about Whitney so I wouldn't put it past him either. That picture was not taken at the funeral – it was taken while she was in the funeral home alone.

  44. Kathy Valentino

    I'm with you on this one. The Enquirer isn't to blame as much as their readers are. If there was no market for the photos, the rags wouldn't pay so much money for them. As for the jewelry, I'd bet the farm that they put the jewels on for the viewing, but removed them before burial, but telling the world that she was buried in them is going to create a huge security problem. She should have gone into a private mausoleum like MJ did. John Belushi had to be exhumed and moved to an unmarked site after his grave was repeatedly vandalized, and he was nowhere near the star that Whitney was.

  45. Kathy Valentino

    I'm with you on this one. The Enquirer isn't to blame as much as their readers are. If there was no market for the photos, the rags wouldn't pay so much money for them. As for the jewelry, I'd bet the farm that they put the jewels on for the viewing, but removed them before burial. BUT, telling the world that she was buried in them is going to create a huge security problem. She should have gone into a private mausoleum like MJ did. John Belushi had to be exhumed and moved to an unmarked site after his grave was repeatedly vandalized, and he was nowhere near the star that Whitney was.

  46. Patricia Ann Rizzo

    Incidentally – I saw the photo – its already all over the internet. I found it neither shocking or disturbing as stated in the article. She looked dignified and beautiful. Rest in peace Whitney.

  47. Babbsy Corriveau

    this is soooo very truthful. not to menmtion why the hell are you all even talking about it…TRY ignoring it and then maybe just maybe they, ( the rag trash papers) would finally get the hint they are not wanted..

  48. Arica Bowdry-Jinks

    DOES ANYONE THINK IT IS IN BAD TASTE EVER TO DO SUCH THINGS? WE HAVE A SITUATION HERE, THAT SOMEONE WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN RESPECTFUL, TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT SOMEONE CLOSE TO THIS SITUATION WANTED TO MAKE SOME MONEY OFF THIS WOMAN'S SO SAD ENDING? BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS NOT THE FAULT OF THE PAPER FOR PUBLISHING THIS GARBAGE, IT IS THE FAULT OF THE PEOPLE BUYING THE PAPERS, ENJOYING THE MISERY OF THIS FAMILY. GOD DOES NOT LIKE UGLY, DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU WOULD DO UNTO YOU AND YOURS! BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS, IF ENOUGH PEOPLE SPEAK OUT AGAINS THIS, THAN THEY WILL STOP BUYING AND PRINTING THIS GARBAGE! REAL TALK! THESE PEOPLE DO NOT DESERVE OUR ATTENTION, BUT YET WE BUY THE PAPERS, POST THINGS ON LINE, TALK ABOUT IT! SO THAT'S WHY IT DOES NOT STOP. OUR COUNTRY IS BECOMING A NATION BUILT ON OTHERS MISERY AND NEGATIVE ACTIONS. WE NEED TO STAND FOR SOMETHING, OR AS YOU CAN SEE? WE WILL FALL FOR EVERYTHING! SAD DAY IN OUR COUNTRY, WHEN A WOMAN(HUMAN BEING) WHO HAS BEEN HARMED IN LIFE, TO CARRY THIS OVER TOO THE GRAVE? SHAME ON US ALL!

  49. Arica Bowdry-Jinks

    sister,this is so terrible!!there needs to be a law somewhere to prevent this from happening,some one sank to the lowest of the low right here??why would you think that the family of this dear soul??!!had a private service,had the casket closed during the service??they did not want anyone other than close family to view her??why couldn't those who are suppose to be close's too her respect that??maybe it was an employee of the funeral home??but someone did this??someone knows who did this??shame on those who did it,and shame on those who pay this garbage??wow!!! this is just the type of thing that shows me that god's word in the end of the bible is coming too pass!!!!wow!!

  50. Tami N Jim Stoddard

    Arica, it's the state of the world. Greed contiues to rule, the powerful exploit the helpless. I don't buy into it either and I don't know how the enquirer or other rag sheets of it's type stay in business considering all the lawsuits. Those of us with any decency or good taste would not buy into this anyway and all we can do is band together and hope enough people join us that the exploitation will no longer be fed and finally starve to death.

  51. Arica Bowdry-Jinks

    Tami,great posting!!!!exactly right!!!lets start the message off!!do not buy these tabloids!!!??they should not be doing such mean spirited things??this woman and her family deserved the same respect we would want for our loved one's??this is unfair and this should be a crime!!for real!!!!wow!!!man,they hunted this woman in life,she had a talent,that does not mean we have the right to intrude into her personal space??but even after that all??we can't respect the families wishes to not allow her to be seen in her casket??really??why??

  52. Angela Richardson

    It's so gisgraceful and low to do something like that! I hope whoever photographed the picture is sued and prosecuted cause I know the person wasn't given permission and I do the Enquirer is sued for all they worth! I also feel that if the family is distraught about it they will do something about that!

  53. Angela Richardson

    How could someone go in a camera and not know that this is a low life who is trying to make money? Disgusting and outraged I would be could say that I am cause I grew up listening to her music and watching her movie the Body Guard! The family should be distraught and suing this photographer and the paper cause I know there was no permission that is why the person went in when nobody was around but the director who was in charge of the funeral home!

  54. Safiya Oni

    Are you sick? You wanted to see how she looked. We never knew here personally she may have shared her professional work with the public but wtf … use your heart … it doesnt mean we deserve to see her goddam open casket. the woman is dead for crying out loud. let her soul rest damn it.

  55. Safiya Oni

    first of all it shouldn't be the family's friggin job when they are mourning and lost an immediate family member to go around worry about sickos who want to gawk at her dead body. My goodness gracious what the hell has our world come to. Did you read your own post? (If there was no market for the photos, the rags wouldnt pay so much money for them) — who do you think the market is? we as a society need to re-asses our goddam morals and ethics. This is not entertainment. Gimme a break. It's not about it being shocking but yes it's distrubing to know how obbsessed ppl have become with celebridom we need to re evaluate the line. put our focus on more important things in life, pay our respect and move on. How would any of you feel if your mother or father or some one whom you loved dearly, even in their death, their photos were smeared all over a — rag publication. I wouldnt never want that for any member of my family. Society needs to take a serious look at itself.

  56. Nedra Sabido

    Oh wow…Im just reading this….girl get over your self..that is what I THOUGHT…NOW IF YOU DIE THEN YEAH WE WILL MOST DEF KEEP YOUR CASKET CLOSED AND SING OH HAPPY DAY!! Respect other ppl opinons…dosen't make yours wrong dosen't make mine right…again…that is the way I FELT…

  57. Kennetta Noturninback Smith

    I think it was disrespectful especially knowin that the family requested privacy! If they wanted the picture. broadcasted all over the enquirer, they would had summited them 2 them their self… But since they did get the pictures.. somehow, they should of asked the family permission 2 post them..

  58. Chris Rakers

    .In the end it's no different than when you're alive.It's always about how big, how much, how many in this PATHETIC country.These magazines make a fortune, off the same people on here going off on the magazine.PPL are SOOOO FAKE!

  59. Tammy Carr

    100 PERCENT TRUE, TOTAL INVASION OF PRIVACY!! THANK YOU MRS. VICKI FOR SAYING WHAT I HAVE BEEN THINKING FOR YEARS:)

  60. David Benear

    What is the big deal? We have been photographing dead celebrities for over a hundred years. I feel having a published photo of a deceased celeb is just part of what should go along with their fame and fortune. Look through other books and magazines and you'll find death pictures of outlaws (The Youngers, Jesse James, more) and later, John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, just to mention a few. Face it, if you don't live a luxury life, who cares? Be a superstar and pay the price. This is my opinion and mine only.