NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The owner of the Newark funeral home that handled services for Whitney Houston says it had nothing to do with a picture that surfaced showing the singer’s body in an open casket.

However, Carolyn Whigham, of the Whigham Funeral Home, and two pastors say they do know who took the photo that ran in the National Enquirer. They just aren’t identifying the person and say that’s up to the Houston family.

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Whigham told The Star-Ledger of Newark Thursday that her funeral home “had no role in this shameful betrayal.”

Whigham was responding to what she says are claims that either she or her employees were involved.

The 48-year-old Houston died Feb. 11 in California. Whigham says she determined the photo was taken Feb. 17, a day before the funeral.

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Comments (6)
  1. the genius says:

    Nippy Inc. has been supplying the Enquirer with stories and pics on Whitney
    for years. They took the body bag picture on the West coast accompanied the
    body to the funeral home and took the casket picture on the East coast. Doesn’t take a rocket sciencetist to figure this out. This photo was the last

  2. Bernard Manning says:

    Better a casket photo leak than a photo of a leaky casket.

  3. msaddison says:

    Who cares?
    This is non-news.
    I’m pinning it on Bobby Brown who needs the cash.

    1. Sick of cruel people says:

      You are a brainiac…Bobby was NOT permitted to view the body & when he arrived at the funeral she was in a CLOSED casket.

    2. Fredhead says:

      “Who cares?”? “This is non- news”?

      Then why are you wasting time commenting on it, then giving your opinion that it was Bobby Brown?

  4. Esmerelda says:

    Whys is this still an issue ?
    The woman is gone already,leave her alone.
    She had her moment of fame, now its time for
    teh family to get go of their 15 minutes.

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