Terrible this happened!
It is quite distasteful taking pics of her like this.. I bet her family wishes they knew who took this photo and.. SOLD it most likely.
In spite of the drugs etc.. Such a shame she passed.. Her voice would give me Goose Bumps..
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 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.
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.
The image - which was published in today's edition - has stirred a strong reaction on Twitter, with people expressing their shock.
'#wrong #rip,' wrote one Twitter user named as The Bitter Critter.