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Simon Monjack, Brittany Murphy

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It's more than any mom can bear.

Brittany Murphy's mother-in-law, Linda Monjack, tells E! News today that she is "absolutely devastated" by the shocking death of her daughter-in-law.

Monjack, a therapist who lives in England, says she is scrambling to make arrangements to fly to Los Angeles so she can be by the side of her son, Simon Monjack, for the funeral tomorrow.

"Depends if I can get the flight," she says.

Linda Monjack, who attended the couple's nuptials in 2007, would be able to put her training as a bereavement counselor to good use.

Asked if she knew if her daughter-in-law was suffering from any maladies that might have triggered cardiac arrest, Linda demurred.

The coroner says the 8 Mile star appears to have died of natural causes but won't release the results of an autopsy until toxicology tests come back in four to six weeks.


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