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Christmas Eve funeral for Brittany Murphy

Christmas Eve funeral for Brittany Murphy
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First Published: Fri, Dec 25 2009. 11 44 AM IST

Updated: Fri, Dec 25 2009. 11 44 AM IST
Los Angeles: American actress Brittany Murphy, who died at age 32, was buried on Christmas Eve with a private ceremony at a cemetery in the Hollywood hills, local media reported.
The star of hit films such as “Clueless,” “Just Married” and “8 Mile” died on Sunday of apparent cardiac arrest, but an official cause of death will not be released for several weeks as coroners await the results of toxicology tests.
Murphy was laid to rest in a “strictly private” service on Thursday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with only a handful of family and friends, RadarOnline.com reported.
Murphy’s husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack, has shot down suggestions that drugs were responsible for his wife’s demise, in an interview on Tuesday with People magazine. He said instead that she had been ill for several days before her death.
TMZ.com, the entertainment website that broke the news earlier this year of the death of Michael Jackson -- who is also buried at Forest Lawn -- reported that multiple prescription drugs were found at Murphy’s home on Sunday.
The website cited notes made by an investigator from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office as the source of the information.
According to the notes, a check of nightstands at Murphy’s home “revealed large amounts of prescription medication in the decedent’s name,” as well as in the names of her husband, her mother and others.
The medications included painkillers, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs, the report said.
The cemetery where Murphy was interred is the final resting place of several Hollywood legends, including actors Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Gene Autry and Buster Keaton.
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First Published: Fri, Dec 25 2009. 11 44 AM IST