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Brittany Murphy Memorial Mysteriously On Hold

2/3/2010 2:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brittany Murphy's husband has suddenly called off the fundraising party he was throwing in her honor tomorrow night -- but the man who pulled the plug isn't saying why.

Brittany Murphy & Simon Monjack

Simon Monjack had planned a huge launch party Thursday night for his new Brittany Murphy Foundation -- an organization he claims is dedicated to arts education for children. Monjack had been reportedly soliciting $1,000 donations per person to attend.

But just days before the big night, someone called the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts -- where the event was supposed to go down -- and told the Rabbi to hold the Manischewitz... because the party was off.

We're told Monjack insists the party was simply postponed -- but so far, no new date has been set.

UPDATE: TMZ has learned guests for the event received the following email from someone at the Brittany Murphy Foundation, "So sorry but the memorial has been canceled due to an illness in the family."

We spoke with Rabbi David Baron, who was supposed to conduct the memorial, who told us when the call came in, the person who canceled never gave a reason.

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Adele    

He's so desperate for cash, it just isn't funny any more. It's common knowledge that he has tried to scam past wifes and girlfriends out of money and now that his 'beautiful angel' (in his words) has gone, he's trying to squeeze the situation for everything he can...and using Brittany's mother to help with that, by the looks of things. He should be ashamed of himself.

Brittany was so beautiful, trusting and kind...she deserved to be with someone who would respect and honour her in death as well as life. R.I.P Britt, miss you. :(

1622 days ago
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Karen Jackson    

He was paid off to shut is mouth because he is bringing unwanted attention to the parties wwho paid him off.....A sacrifice is a just that.

1622 days ago
18.

AuntieMM    

Calling this guy pathetic is putting it mildly. The guy's wife and meal ticket is dead and he's looking at it like it's his 15 minutes of fame. I wonder how much of the money raised would actually have been used for charity as opposed to going to his pocket. Hopefully those people who really respected his wife found another way to honor her memory.

1622 days ago
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OrangeBall77    

I hope TMZ follows this guy for the rest of his life. Instead of saying that Brittany was a fighter or something like that he tries to make his money promoting a sob story about how she died from a broken heart. He is a sad story.

1622 days ago
20.

Whamo    

Why are people blaming this guy for her death? Brittany wasn't held down and force fed these drugs. It's funny how nobody seems to want to put ANY sort of blame on her. It is possible she's as culpable as anyone and if this guy was such a bad guy she should have left him. She seemed to love him from the looks of things. The fact the guy is fat and ugly sure seems to rub people the wrong way.

1622 days ago
21.

Money Talks    

Brittany was brighter than we could ever imagine by leaving him out of her Will. Now all he has to do is manipulate the mother and take all he can from her, it shouldn't be too difficult as she looks kind of naive.

1622 days ago
22.

Miia    

What type of scam is this guy running?

1622 days ago
23.

Tiger Tale    

This guy makes Rachel Uchitel look pretty decent, which, as we all know, is no easy thing to do.

1622 days ago
24.

Tamara    

Does anyone think it's strange that Brittany's mother is still living with her husband and that she takes pictures holding his hand (look at people magazine) they seem a little too close to me.

1622 days ago
25.

Trooper Tom    

I wouldn't trust him in an empty room

1622 days ago
26.

dawn finley    

what the hell,people come here to find love?well sex that's just what these morons call.get a life and find it else where.not posting it where someone has passed away and thi is where to remeber them.NOT TO HOOK UP!!!!MORONS

1622 days ago
27.

help    

I feel so bad for Brittany Murphy if she could only see how her husband is behaving. Simon is real opportunist. I truly believe had she not been married to this man she would still be alive today and her career would be going strong. Also, I'm starting to question Brittany's mother, why is she not putting Simon in check!

1622 days ago
28.

Drew    

This guy is a total Howard K Stern Junior.

1622 days ago
29.

KM    

I agree w/ LC #14 plus if its prepaid, he probably took the $$$ and is going to run. JMO

1622 days ago
30.

A Rosario    

I just found the "Foundation" website (link below), it is so obvious this whack is after money and self-promotion. The guy even included a link to his photography website. Please note the size of the "DONATE NOW" button, it's so obvious. Makes me wonder why this guy wants to starts his "fundraising" before the toxicology reports are out... because even he realizes that no one's going to want to donate to a junkie's memorial for kids. Hello!!!
http://www.brittanymurphyfoundation.org

1622 days ago
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