February 22, 2012

Casket Photo of Whitney Houston’s Dead Body Is Now on Newsstands Everywhere

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, "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.

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.
Another user of the social networking site, Eric S Pittman, simply exclaimed 'Oh dear' while tweeter Peter Anthony Holder wrote: 'No privacy for Whitney, even in death. As usual, the National Enquirer is a piece of work.'

The singer's funeral took place on Saturday (Sunday AEDT)and was attended by stars including Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey and her co-star from The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner.

Houston was laid to rest the following day in a burial service attended by close family and friends.

She was found dead in the bathtub of her fourth-floor hotel suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards.
The official cause of death is yet to be revealed, pending the release of toxicology reports - which could still be several weeks off.

However, there has been speculation that the troubled star - who endured a long battle with drugs - died as a result of a deadly concoction of prescriptions drugs and alcohol.

Yesterday, RadarOnline reported Whitney had a mixture of Valium, Xanax and alcohol in her system when she was found at the Beverly Hilton.
"Whitney had taken Valium, Xanax, and alcohol, which led to her death," a source close to the situation told the website.
"The coroner is waiting on final toxicology results to determine which one of the three was the major contributing factor of her demise.

"The coroner will be closely examining Whitney's blood alcohol content at the time she died as well. The sedatives and alcohol will almost certainly be the cause of death, and not drowning.

"Her heart stopped beating because her respiratory system was suppressed because of the anti-anxiety meds, and combined with the booze it probably happened very quickly before she was found partially submerged in the bathtub."

February 8, 2012

Justin Bieber Inspired Game App Takes Stab at Aggressive Paparazzi

RC3, Inc. today is pleased to announce the release of Joustin' Beaver 1.0, their new mobile gaming title for iOS and Android devices. Joustin' Beaver allows Justin Bieber fans to help their favorite pop star poke fun at the overbearing and aggressive paparazzi by defeating "Phot-hogs" and picking up "Otter-graph seekers".

The single-player arcade-style adventure game is an homage to teen heartthrob Justin Bieber. Fans of the pop star can help guide his cartoon counterpart down a river while picking up "Otter-graph seekers" and knocking evil "Phot-hogs" into the water with his jousting lance. The "Phot-hogs" are camera wielding pigs from a fictional gossip website called "TeaM Z," which bears a resemblance to Harvey Levin's popular gossip blog TMZ.

Mark Kaye, a radio host who partnered with Robb Chamberlain from RC3, Inc., explains, "We wanted to create a game that appeals to Justin Bieber's fans. He's a hero and adored by millions. It's important that 'Joustin' Beaver' reflects that. Paparazzi are relentless creatures who are difficult to dodge. Just the other day the real Justin Bieber was harassed by an overly aggressive photog. They stop at nothing to get their shots and, therefore, make an easy and appropriate villain for our hero, Joustin' Beaver."

The app has been on the market for just a few days and has already enjoyed some excellent reviews:
* "I can't stop playing this. It's very cool and super fun," starts one review. "Graphics are great. I love the homages to 'Pop Culture!' Really funny concept. My new favorite!"

* Another early player writes, "Simple to learn and hard to stop playing."

"Mark's initial idea was ingenious in itself," says Robb Chamberlain CO-creator of "Joustin Beaver" and developer of several other successful apps. "The fact the gameplay became addictive was a bonus. It became more than just 'punny.'"