Almost immediately, photos of the bathtub in which Whitney’s body was found surfaced on paparazzi photo sites, taken on phone cameras from inside the hotel room. The Beverly Hilton Hotel has since fired several employees for talking to the press about Whitney’s death, according to RadarOnline. “They weren’t high-level employees, but the hotel didn’t want anyone to talk about Whitney’s tragic death.”
The media’s fascination with Whitney’s death is a lucrative one; People’s issue with a cover story about the singer’s death sold 1.5 million copies, setting the record for the year, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Industry-wide, magazines with Whitney’s face on the cover clocked significantly higher sales than the publication’s issue published the same time last year.
The week following Whitney’s funeral, The National Enquirer put a photo of the singer’s corpse on the cover. Publisher Mary Beth Wright defends her decision to publish the shocking photo: “I thought it was beautiful,” she tells FoxNews.com. The photo of Whitney’s body lying in the casket is salaciously paired with details about the market value of the jewelry she was buried in. The image is believed to have been taken inside the funeral home, but staffers deny any involvement in the distribution of the image.