"I was very shocked by it," Angelo Bertolotti tells E! News. "I can't believe it really. It happened so fast; I'm just trying to figure it all out right now. I'm very upset by it."
Bertolotti, who hadn't spoken to the Uptown Girls star for more than a year and who had never met her husband, Simon Monjack, says he will not be attending Murphy's funeral tomorrow evening at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.
"If I wanted to go, I would go, but I don't want to see her that way," he says. "She was flawless to me. She was a little bright child. I have only good memories about her. She's a memory to me now. To me she's off making a movie somewhere."
The 83-year-old Florida resident says he had no idea his daughter was dealing with any problem besides diabetes, much less that her health was seemingly deteriorating.
"She had a couple of issues but nothing was that serious," Bertolotti says. "Her mother never told me anything like that. She never said she had anything like was listed in the papers."
The list of drugs that investigators allegedly confiscated from her home, including the anti-anxiety med Klonopin and the painkiller Hydrocodone, surprises him, too.
As for reports that Murphy willed her entire estate to her mother, Sharon, Bertolotti says he wouldn't be surprised if that's the case.
"They were very, very close," he says.
(Originally published Dec. 23, 2009 at 3:50 p.m. PT)
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