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The WhighamÂ FuneralÂ Home in Newark, NJ has denied having anything to do with the leaking of Whitney Houston’s casket photos amid rumors that one of the funeral homes staff leaked the photo. Carolyn Whigham the owner of the funeral home is ‘devastated’ about the photo.
â€œWe did not take that photo. We did not sell the photo. We would never do something like that,â€ the second-generation CEO of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, N.J., said.
â€œWhitney was a friend,â€ she continued. â€œIâ€™m the one who flew to Los Angeles and got Whitney from the coronerâ€™s office. I did everything to protect her.â€
She said a deluge of distressing emails from irate Houston fans now has her fearing for her staffâ€™s safety.
â€œOne email said that if the person owned a dog, and the dog died, they would not come to my funeral home,â€ she said with sadness. â€œIâ€™m worried about my employees, worried about me. Iâ€™ve been in business since 1943. This is my name, my character. Honestly, this is my lifeâ€™s work. We would never do something like this.â€
She said Houstonâ€™s family has made it clear they do not blame her business.
â€œI am very confident they are on the same page with me. Family friend Tyler Perry was on the Steve Harvey (radio) show this morning, and he said emphatically he knows we did not do it,â€ she told The News.
â€œThey were there 24 hours a day. They slept there with her. She was never alone, anywhere,â€ Whigham said. â€œThe only time security fell back was when the family had the private viewing Friday. We werenâ€™t involved with that. The family invited its own guests.â€
Whigham disputed the supermarket tabloid’s claim that Houston was buried with $500,000 worth of precious stones.
â€œThatâ€™s crazy. Itâ€™s not true,â€ she told The News.
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