Fu­neral home owner de­nies re­leas­ing Hous­ton photo

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

The owner of the Ne­wark, N.J., fu­neral home that han­dled ser­vices for Whit­ney Hous­ton said the home had noth­ing to do with a pho­to­graph that sur­faced show­ing the singer’s body in an open cas­ket.

Carolyn Whigham of Whigham Fu­neral Home and two pas­tors said they know who took the photo that ran in the Na­tional En­quirer but aren’t iden­ti­fy­ing the per­son. That, they say, is up to the Hous­ton fam­ily.

De­fend­ing Miss Whigham, the Rev. Ron­ald Slaugh­ter of nearby St. James AME Church said Thurs­day that the fu­neral home “had no role in this shame­ful be­trayal.”

Hous­ton died Feb. 11 in Cal­i­for­nia. She was 48. Miss Whigham said she has de­ter­mined the photo was taken Feb. 17, a day be­fore the fu­neral.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Rush Lim­baugh was al­ready a hot topic in the news for his com­ments about a Ge­orge­town stu­dent when a sus­pi­cious pack­age ar­rived at his Florida home Thurs­day. It was deemed not dan­ger­ous or haz­ardous.

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