Christmas Eve burial for Brittany

Mother-in-law speaks of family's devastation
Thursday , 24 December 2009
Christmas Eve burial for Brittany

Late actress BRITTANY MURPHY is to be buried on Christmas Eve (Dec 24).

The Clueless star passed away on Sunday (Dec 20) after suffering a cardiac arrest at her Hollywood Hills home, aged just 32.

According to RadarOnline.com, her funeral is to be held on December 24 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Hollywood Hills, California. The service is listed as “strictly private".

The cause of Murphy's death has been "deferred" pending toxicology results, although an autopsy on her body was completed on Monday (Dec 21). Officials previously stated they believe the star died from natural causes.

Meanwhile, Brittany’s mother-in-law has told of the family's devastation over the actress' sudden death at the Hollywood Hills home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack.

Now Monjack's mother, Linda, has opened up about the family's shock and grief over the tragedy.

She told a newspaper, "We're just completely devastated... He (Simon) has lost the love of his life. It's very hard for everybody, especially Simon and Brittany's mother. I've spoken to her mother, and she is distraught. Brittany was an only child, and her mother was living with them."

Meanwhile, Brittany’s estranged father is refusing to attend her Christmas Eve funeral because he doesn't want to see the body of his tragic daughter.

Angelo Bertolotti, 83, who hadn't seen his daughter since 2006, insists the news of her deteriorated health came as a shock, because he was never made aware of any problems.

And Bertolotti will not attend the funeral when his daughter is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in the Hollywood Hills, California on Thursday because he doesn't want the service to be his lasting memory of his little girl.

He tells E! Online, "I was very shocked by it (her death). I can't believe it really. It happened so fast, I'm just trying to figure it all out right now. I'm very upset by it.

"If I wanted to go (to the funeral) I would go, but I don't want to see her that way. She was flawless to me. She was a little bright child. I have only good memories about her. She's a memory to me now. To me she's off making a movie somewhere.

"She had a couple of issues but nothing was that serious. Her mother never told me anything like that. She never said she had anything like was listed in the papers."