Fears of Whitney Houston grave robbers have led to armed guards 24-hour protection of her grave in Westfield, N.J.
Whitney Houston's family fears that thieves will plunder the grave of Houston after it was revealed that she was buried with hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry and designer clothes, according to Daily Star.
Houston was reportedly buried in a gold-lined coffin worth tens of thousands of dollars. She currently rests in an elegant purple gown with a diamond brooch, diamond earrings and gold slippers.
After burying the fallen diva with all the expensive materials, Houston's family hired 24-hour security to watch over her grave. Houston was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Newark, N.J., after a lavish televised memorial and private wake. A source close to the Houston family says that the fear of grave robbers is very credible.
"This is a very genuine fear that her coffin will be targeted by grave robbers," the source said. "It would be hard for them to actually dig her casket up, but that won't stop psychotic fans or people who think it could make money."
The unidentified source also said that the fact Houston was buried with such valuable jewelry is an invitation to fanatics. The armed guards watching over Houston's grave have already turned away many fans who tried to visit her grave, despite the cemetery being closed to the general public.
Photos of Houston resting in her gold-lined casket with all of the jewelry surfaced on the cover of the National Enquirer. The controversial publication was under fire for publishing the photo of Houston dead in her casket, but may have also given people a glimpse of her buried treasures.
A National Enquirer publisher, Mary Beth Wright, disagrees with the magazine's critics and calls the dreary photo "a work of art," according to Fox News.
"I thought it was beautiful," Wright said.