The actress s mom and other friends and family members gather to bid farewell to Monjack

By Lorenzo Benet
May 27, 2010 08:25 PM
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About 75 friends and family members gathered in Los Angeles Thursday to bid farewell to Brittany Murphy s husband Simon Monjack, who died Sunday.

The private orthodox Jewish service, presided over by Rabbi David Baron, took place in the Chapel of the Hills, the same memorial chapel where Murphy was eulogized in December after her death. Monjack was then buried next to his late wife at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

“It was Simon’s wish to be laid to rest next to her,” says family spokesman Roger Neal, who described the memorial as “celebratory and healing.”

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Brittany s mother Sharon Murphy and Monjack s mother Linda spoke at the service. “Sharon was very strong and spoke and about how much she loved Simon, and how now Simon and Brittany are together, says Neal. “She told them ‘I’ll miss you my babies.’ ”

A photo of the couple sat by Simon s casket at the ceremony, which closed with a recording of Brittany singing a rendition of Smile, accompanied by Simon on the piano.

Monjack, who had a history of heart problems, was found dead Sunday night by Sharon. Firefighters who responded to the scene said Monjack may have suffered a heart attack. “We’re not sure if it is natural causes or a possible accident,” according L.A. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, who confirmed prescription medication was found at the scene.

Sharon Murphy, whose daughter died unexpectedly last year, “loved Simon like a son,” says Neal. “She is feeling devastated by the loss of a daughter and a son-in-law in the space of six months.”

Sharon is proceeding with plans to establish a Brittany Murphy Foundation dedicated to supporting youth in the arts.