A photograph apparently showing Whitney Houston in her open coffin has been published on the cover of US magazine 'National Enquirer'.
The chilling picture shows the singer lying dead in her golden casket, clad in a regal purple dress and wearing what looks like a diamond brooch and earrings.
The weekly magazine has run the snap alongside a bold headline proclaiming: "Whitney: The last photo!"
It is understood the photograph was taken inside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey, where her family attended a private wake last Friday (local time) on the eve of her funeral.
The magazine claims the photo was taken at the private viewing - although does not reveal who took the picture.
Carolyn Whigham, the owner of the Whigham Funeral Home, told MailOnline: "I have spoken with the family about this and they have asked me not to comment on the matter."
Whitney - who died aged 48 on February 11 - was wearing jewels worth $500,000 and had gold slippers on her feet, according to the publication.
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