Brittany Murphy (1977 - 2009)

A private funeral service for actress Brittany Murphy will be held Thursday evening (Dec 24) at Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles. Tonight’s service is private and invitation only (and we hear security is going to be extra tight), but the family plans to have a public memorial service early in the new year though their spokesman says nothing is 100% confirmed just yet.

The 32-year-old “Clueless” star was found unconscious in her home in Los Angeles early Sunday morning and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Authorities say she appeared to have died of natural causes and there was no sign of foul play or trauma.

Her dad says he was very shocked and upset to learn that his young daughter had suddenly died from a heart attack. And he also said that he won’t be attending her funeral because he wants to remember he as she was.

“I was very shocked by it,” Angelo Bertolotti tells E! News. “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.” Bertolotti, who hadn’t spoken to the Uptown Girls star for more than a year and who had never met her husband, Simon Monjack, says he will not be attending Murphy’s funeral tomorrow evening at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. “If I wanted to go, I would go, but I don’t want to see her that way,” he says. “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.”

The 83-year-old Florida resident says he had no idea his daughter was dealing with any problem besides diabetes, much less that her health was seemingly deteriorating. “She had a couple of issues but nothing was that serious,” Bertolotti says. “Her mother never told me anything like that. She never said she had anything like was listed in the papers.”

The list of drugs that investigators allegedly confiscated from her home, including the anti-anxiety med Klonopin and the painkiller Hydrocodone, surprises him, too. As for reports that Murphy willed her entire estate to her mother, Sharon, Bertolotti says he wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case.

“They were very, very close,” he says.


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