If it’s real.
It is already know that the National Enquirer paid an actress to pose face down on a bathroom floor, dressed only in a white towel. The National Enquirer is calling it a reconstruction of Whitney Houston’s death.
The chilling coffin photo apparently shows Whitney Houston in her favorite purple dress and a diamond pin and earrings. She is lying in an open casket. They proclaim is: Whitney: The last photo!
The photograph (if it’s real) is thought to have been taken inside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey, where her family attended a private wake last Friday on the eve of her funeral.
The magazine claims the photo was taken at that private viewing, although it does not reveal the source.
Whitney – who died aged 48 on February 11 – was wearing jewels worth $500,000 and had gold slippers on her feet, according to the publication.
The image – which was published in today’s edition – has stirred a strong reaction on Twitter, with people expressing their shock at this last violation of Whitney Houston’s privacy.
“#wrong #rip,” wrote one Twitter user named as The Bitter Critter.
The singer’s funeral took place on Saturday and was attended by stars including Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey and her co-star from The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner. Houston was laid to rest the following day in a burial service attended by close family and friends.
She was found dead in the bathtub of her fourth-floor hotel suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The official cause of death is yet to be revealed, pending the release of toxicology reports, which could still take several weeks.
The publication of Whitney Houston coffin photos and reconstructions of her death scene seems in stark moral contrast to the stance taken by the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel, who fired four of its staff for talking to the press about Whitney Houston’s tragic death.