Photo of Whitney Houston lying in open casket published on National Enquirer cover decided to blur this photo from the National Enquirer containing a photo of Whitney Houston in an open casket at her funeral. We have provided a link below for those interested in seeing the original Enquirer cover.

The National Enquirer has friends, family and fans of Whitney Houston in an uproar after publishing a photo of the entertainer’s dead body lying in her casket.  The photo was evidently taken during the private viewing held last week open to only a select few.

While most people don’t seem too surprised that the National Enquirer would publish the photo of Houston laying in the open casket, everyone seems to wonder how the photo got in their hands.

Last week, the Enquirer recreated Houston’s last moments with a model demonstrating how Whitney likely died in the bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

An official cause of death has not been released, however early reports say Houston likely died from a lethal combination of alcohol and prescription drugs.

News outlets have struggled with whether or not to publish the Enquirer cover.  Images are news in many cases, but this image was not officially released to the public.  On the other hand, the fact that the Enquirer decided to publish the photo at all is also newsworthy. has decided to blur out the portion of the photo showing Whitney Houston’s body in the open casket, however interested readers can see it here.

Written by Charles Winters

Charles Winters

Charles Winters is an online journalist, on-air personality and media developer from East Tennessee who resides in New York City. Winters is the founder, Chief Executive Officer at GaySocialites Media, the company that produces and You can e-mail him at You can read more about him on his Wikipedia page.

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