Funeral home owner Carolyn Whigham says she knows who took the photo of singer Whitney Houston that was displayed on the cover of the National Enquirer. Whingham, who has known the Houston family for decades, held a press conference yesterday in Newark, NJ, to clear her name.
“I want to clear my name and my funeral home,” said Whigham, who said she had received dozens of threatening emails and was also spit on following “false and unsubstantiated rumors.”
The photo showed Houston wearing a purple dress and resting in an open casket. It ran under the headline “Whitney: The Last Photo!” The issues captions declared Whitney was buried in $500,000 worth of her favorite jewels. The gossip rag sold out quickly, and some say the photo may have earned the photographer a quick $500K.
She said the funeral home’s investigation revealed that the picture was taken on Feb. 17, a day before the homegoing services. Whigham said a security detail from Nippy Inc., the singer’s management company, was with the singer’s body around the clock while it was at Whigham.
Wingham is considering taking legal action.