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. GaySocialites.com 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.