09:36 AM EDT 12/04/2013
Originally posted 11/25/2013 03:20PM
Brittany Murphy's mother Sharon has come forward to dispute claims by Brittany's father that her daughter may have been intentionally poisoned before her death in 2009.
"I have chosen to stay out of the limelight since the tragic and sudden death of my wonderful, talented, loving daughter four years ago this Dec. 20," Sharon Murphy writes for The Hollywood Reporter in response to an assertion by Brittany's estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, that a new lab test reveals the possibility of foul play.
"I have no choice now but to come forward in the face of inexcusable efforts to smear my daughter's memory by a man who may be her biological father, but was never a real father to her in her lifetime," Sharon writes. "He has made outrageous statements over the past few years, culminating in this latest madness: that my darling daughter was murdered."
Originally posted 11/06/2013 01:30PM
Eminem made headlines with the release of his latest album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Tuesday. But on Nov. 6, 2002, the Grammy-winning rapper was generating buzz for another reason: the premiere of 8 Mile, his semi-autobiographical film about a struggling Detroit rapper.
In honor of the movie's anniversary, we're taking a bittersweet look back at Eminem with his costar Brittany Murphy, who tragically died at age 32 in 2009.
Originally posted 07/28/2010 07:05PM
Just two months after burying her 40-year-old son, Linda Monjack is now defending him against allegations that he withdrew large sums of money from Brittany Murphy's account.
In the wake of claims by Murphy's former business manager Jeffrey Morgenroth that Simon drained Brittany's bank account and left her mother Sharon in a state of financial uncertainty, Linda is fighting back.
"I think there were financial problems [before their deaths]," Linda said from her home in England. "They were certainly acting like there were problems. Sharon was asking friends for money and I don't know why."
Originally posted 07/28/2010 09:00AM
The sad saga of Brittany Murphy is growing even more grim.
Six months after the 32-year-old actress's death in December from pneumonia, anemia and multiple-drug intoxication, new allegations are surfacing about her controversial husband, the late British film producer Simon Monjack.
Murphy's former business manager Jeffrey Morgenroth tells PEOPLE that Monjack drained his deceased wife's cash reserves by 80 percent before his own death from anemia and pneumonia in May.
As a result, Murphy's mom Sharon, 57, is facing financial uncertainty, says Morgenroth.
Originally posted 07/26/2010 11:30AM
Brittany Murphy's mother, Sharon Murphy, says reports that a toxic mold may have contributed to the premature deaths of her daughter and of Brittany's husband Simon Monjack are "absurd."
"I have never been personally asked by the coroner or anyone from the Health Department to come and inspect my home for mold," Murphy told PEOPLE. "In the last eight months, I have been through the most unimaginable events, which no one could ever fathom. I have and will continue to be very cooperative and fully comply with any such request."
As for the speculation that has surfaced, she says, "It's absurd that this kind of misinformation is being reported by the media."
Originally posted 07/22/2010 12:45PM
The mother of Brittany Murphy says she's grateful her son-in-law's preliminary autopsy findings have been released, so that "the media speculations can stop."
"As I was sure of, just like my daughter Brittany, there was no kind of drug overdose [for Simon Monjack]," Sharon Murphy said in a statement Wednesday.
The Los Angeles County Coroner found that the May 23 death of Monjack, 40, was caused by acute pneumonia and severe anemia – the same two causes of Murphy's death five months earlier, CNN reports.
Originally posted 07/21/2010 07:10PM
Simon Monjack died from acute pneumonia and severe anemia – the same two causes of wife Brittany Murphy's death – the Los Angeles County Coroner has found.
The British screenwriter, 40, was found dead May 23 at the couple's Hollywood home, five months after Murphy, 32, died.
The coroner's office said pneumonia was the primary cause of Murphy's death but anemia and multiple drug intoxication were contributing factors.
Asked for the cause of death for Monjack, Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter told CNN, "Just like Brittany." Winter added that some prescription drugs were found in his system but not in lethal levels.
Originally posted 05/27/2010 08:25PM
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."
Originally posted 05/26/2010 05:00PM
Though family members are still finalizing burial plans, Simon Monjack will most likely be buried next to his late wife Brittany Murphy, PEOPLE confirms.
"That was definitely his wish," says spokesman Roger Neal. "It's safe to say that wish will be fulfilled."
Originally posted 05/25/2010 09:50AM
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