What a way to spend the holidays. Actress Brittany Murphy was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve.
The 32-year-old died of cardiac arrest in her husband Simon Monjack’s home last Sunday morning. Her mother Sharon found her unconscious in the shower and dialed 911. Medics were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Her family is still waiting for the results of the autopsy performed last Monday. In true Hollywood fashion, cynics are suspecting drug overdose, but let’s wait for the official results in a few weeks, shall we?
In the private ceremony, friends and relatives recited the Kaddish, a traditional Jewish prayer, while the hymn “Amazing Grace” was sung. “The service was very nice; very respectful,” said Alex Ben Block, a representative for the Murphy family.
Her estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, refused to attend the service because he didn’t want it to be his final memory of his daughter.
Brittany is most known for her roles in Clueless (1995), Girl, Interrupted (1999), and 8 Mile (2002). She also provided the speaking and singing voice of Gloria the penguin in Happy Feet (2006).
After her family announced her death last Sunday, an outpour of celebrity tweets filled cyberspace.
Ex-boyfriend Ashton Kutcher tweeted: “2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon… see you on the other side kid.”
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton wrote: “Hollywood loses another bright soul… how many more? A decade of decadence and devastation. Time to wake up.”
Singer Jessica Simpson tweeted: “Brittany Murphy was an incredible ray of Light to so many people. Her smile was contagious. My prayers are with her family and loved ones.”