After six months of struggling, the Brown family will lay Bobbi Kristina, daughter of music icon Whitney Houston, to rest at a funeral event in Georgia on Saturday. During the sad day, reports indicate that the families will be at odds with each other in the hopes of ensuring the event and the deceased are treated with respect.
According to TMZ, the Brown family will be on high alert during the funeral out of fear that someone will try to take a photo of Bobbi Kristina’s body to sell to the media. While the very notion sounds somewhat ghoulish, it would not be the first time that this family suffered such a morbid tragedy.
In 2012, when Bobbi Kristina’s mother died, one of the people in attendance at the 48-year-old singer’s funeral managed to steal a snapshot of Houston’s body in her casket. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the photo was sold and then printed on the cover of a tabloid newspaper. Speaking to Fox News at the time of the incident, the tabloid’s publisher, Mary Beth Wright, told the outlet that she thought the photo was “beautiful” and didn’t regret the decision to print it.
As TMZ notes, the Brown family wasn’t really welcome at Houston’s funeral, so whoever took the photo in 2012 was likely a member of the Houston camp. As a result, TMZ reports, the Brown family is planning to guard the casket of Bobbi Kristina for morbid shutterbugs and is paying particularly close attention to the Houston clan.
Bobbi Kristina died on July 26 in hospice care almost six months after her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, found her lying unconscious and face-down in a bathtub in their home near Atlanta. In that time, Gordon became a person of interest in a police investigation surrounding the 22-year-old’s death. The Brown family also filed a lawsuit against him alleging involvement in the death of Bobbi Kristina. Despite those claims, People reports that Gordon sent an email to Bobbi Kristina’s father, Bobby Brown, and her grandmother, Pat Houston, who is also reportedly planning the funeral. It’s unclear at this time if Gordon will be in attendance or not.