The owner of the New Jersey funeral home that prepared Whitney Houston's body is denying allegations that anyone there leaked the photo of Houston dead in her casket. The photo turned up on the cover of the National Enquirer last week.
“We did not take that photo. We did not sell the photo. We would never do something like that,” Carolyn Whigham, head of the Whigham Funeral Home, told the New York Daily News. “Whitney was a friend. I’m the one who flew to Los Angeles and got Whitney from the coroner’s office. I did everything to protect her."
Whigham said she has been deluged with angry emails from Houston's fans accusing the home of releasing the photo.
“One email said that if the person owned a dog, and the dog died, they would not come to my funeral home,” she said. “I’m worried about my employees, worried about me. I’ve been in business since 1943. This is my name, my character. Honestly, this is my life’s work. We would never do something like this.”
Whigham said she has no idea how the photo was taken -- security was with the body the entire time.
“They were there 24 hours a day. They slept there with her. She was never alone, anywhere,” Whigham said. “The only time security fell back was when the family had the private viewing Friday. We weren’t involved with that. The family invited its own guests.”
Houston family friend Tyler Perry said he and Houston's family are convinced Whigham's staff was not the source of the photo.