25 family members and close friends gathered at LA’s Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn Memorial Park to remember and say goodbye to the 32-year-old actress.
Brittany Murphy was buried at a private service in Los Angeles yesterday, Dec. 24, with about 25 mourners in attendance. The service was co-denominational, with both a rabbi and a pastor leading the service; the Kaddish, a traditional Jewish prayer of mourning, was recited, and “Amazing Grace,” the spiritual, was sung.
The service was complemented with music, including renditions of “My Funny Valentine” and, perhaps most poignantly, Brittany’s own version of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” according to Radar.
Husband Simon Monjack remembered that Brittany’s favorite phrase was “thank you” and added, “She was always grateful for everything. She’d always want you to celebrate her life.” Actor Eric Balfour, a close friend, and brother Simon were among the pallbearers.
Brittany died on Dec. 20 of apparent cardiac arrest, though the official cause of death will not be known for several weeks.
UPDATE: Brittany’s family released the following statement about her life and yesterday’s service:
“Today a wife, a daughter, a niece, a cousin, a family member and dear friend to thousands was laid to rest. Brittany was an incredibly loving and passionate person and an artist to her core- she loved acting, singing, dancing, and performing. There are no words that can truly express the devastation felt by Brittany’s husband, mother, and everyone who attended the intimate service.
“At the funeral, Simon described his loving relationship with Brittany and how she was his best friend and soul mate. He went on to say that mystery is the nature of love, and you never know when or where it will strike or how quickly it will be taken from you. He also said that he knows the closeness and beauty of their love will live on forever.
“Several of Brittany’s closest friends and her cousin also recalled their favorite memories, concluding with an excerpt from The Little Prince, one of her favorite books.
“Brittany’s body was interred at Forest Lawn at twilight with the reading of the Kaddish and the singing of Amazing Grace. A bright light that lit the world is forever dimmed, but will live on in the hearts of those that Brittany touched.
“Christmas was Brittany’s favorite holiday. So the family asks that all those who wish to honor her light a candle and remember the beautiful angel that entertained, enlightened, and made the world a better place.
“Born 1977 – Died 2009. Brittany Murphy is survived by her husband Simon Monjack and her mother Sharon Murphy.”
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