Did inquiring minds really need to know -- and see -- this?

The National Enquirer published -- on its cover -- a photo of the late Whitney Houston in an open casket, reportedly taken during one of the beloved singer's private funeral services last weekend.

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Media outlets worldwide have decried the tabloid's shocking "last photo" as "morbid" and "shameful." The magazine has not disclosed who exactly took the controversial photo of the Grammy-winning "I Will Always Love You" singer, who died Feb. 11 at age 48.

"I thought it was beautiful," claimed National Enquirer's publisher, Mary Beth Wright, to FoxNews.com.

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The tabloid has published photos of deceased stars before, with similar pics of Elvis Presley in 1977, and John Lennon in 1980.

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