TMZ Tricked Into Posting False Photo of Whitney Houston's Body (Report)
The gossip news outlet posted an image purportedly of the late singer being carried out of her hotel room on a gurney, but Forbes reports the person under the white sheets was actually her daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
TMZ got tricked into posting the wrong photo of Whitney Houston after her body was discovered at the Beverly Hilton hotel last month, Forbes reports.
According to writer Roger Friedman, the gossip website posted an "exclusive" photo showing Houston being carried out of her hotel room on a gurney and covered in a white sheet on Feb. 11, but it wasn't Houston. The person under the sheet was the singer's 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was attempting to shroud herself from view while surrounded by a group of people including family members, Houston's publicist and Houston friend Raffles van Exel.
Friedman reported that an employee at the New Jersey funeral parlor handling her services saw van Exel take a photo of Houston in her coffin. The controversial image later appeared in The National Enquirer, he wrote, suggesting that van Exel was the source behind that photo as well as the faux gurney shot and another one of the bathtub in which Houston was discovered submerged underwater.
A representative for TMZ did not immediately respond to THR's request for comment.
Houston was carried out in a Los Angeles Coroner's body bag, not a gurney; the day after her mother's death, a grieving Bobbi Kristina was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital after suffering an alleged anxiety attack.
In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Bobbi Kristina said: "I'm doing as good as I possibly can at this point. I'm just trying to keep going. ... I can hear (Houston's) voice telling me to keep moving, baby, I gotcha. She's always with me. I can always feel her with me."