Funeral home denies role in Whitney Houston casket photo

FILE- In this Oct. 28, 2006, file photo, singer Whitney Houston arrives at the 17th Carousel of Hope Ball benefiting the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Beverly Hills, Calif. Houston died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, she was 48. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) MATT SAYLES

Whitney Houston arrives at the 17th Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Oct. 28, 2006.
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(CBS/AP) The owner of the Newark, N.J., funeral home that handled services for Whitney Houston says the home had nothing to do with a photograph that surfaced showing the singer's body in an open casket.

But Carolyn Whigham of Whigham Funeral Home and two pastors say they do know who took the photo, which was published by the National Enquirer. They just aren't identifying the person and say that's up to the Houston family.

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Whigham told The Star-Ledger of Newark Thursday that  her funeral home "had no role in this shameful betrayal." She was responding to what she called "false and unsubstantiated rumors" that either she or her employees were involved.

"I want to clear my name and my funeral home," she said.

The 48-year-old Houston died on Feb. 11. Whigham says she determined the photo was taken Feb. 17, a day before the singer's funeral.

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