Whitney Houston’s family plans to encase her body in concrete to stop people stealing the 750,000 worth of jewelry she is buried with. At the moment the legendary singer’s grave is under 24-hour guard at Fairview Cemetery in New Jersey but it is thought her mother Cissy can’t afford to keep up the security. Sources reportsÂ Whitney was buried with a diamond brooch and earrings next to the body of her father John Russell Houston Jr. – who died in 2003 – in February.
A close family source is quoted by the Daily Star newspaper as saying: ‘Cissy can’t afford to keep paying guards forever. A concrete encasement is the only answer.’
A burial expert at Hollywood Forever, which houses the remains of a number of celebrities, believes encasing Whitney in concrete is a ‘sensible move’.
They said: ‘It makes robbery virtually impossible. It would take a long time to get through, even with a pneumatic drill.’Â Cissy Houston, 78, has also announced she wants to set the record straight about her daughter – who was found dead in a bath tub at the Beverly Hilton hotel in February aged 48 – and she has vowed to write a book publishing both the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ times in the ‘I Will Always Love You’ hitmaker’s life.
She is quoted by the New York Times as saying: ‘I want to stop the lies, It’s going to be the bad. It’s going to be the good.’
Cissy has met a number of New York publishers about the tome, and she could reach a seven-figure deal depending on what she reveals about Whitney’s drug issues and previous marriage to Bobby Brown