The grieving husband of Brittany Murphy says the entire family, including the couple’s Maltese Clara, is struggling to comprehend the sudden loss of the 32-year-old actress from an apparent heart attack in Los Angeles last weekend.
“One of the saddest things is that Clara has looked everywhere for Brittany and can’t find her,” Simon Monjack told People.
Monjack gave the dog to Murphy as a Christmas gift last year. The actress, who named the pup after Clara Bow, her favorite silent screen star, doted on the small dog and once described the pooch as “a humongous personality in a tiny package. She’s more of a family member than a pet.”
Monjack, who broke down in tears several times during the interview, says Murphy did not overdose on drugs and did not suffer from an eating disorder.
“These rumors that she was anorexic? It’s crazy – she was slim, but that was her natural physique,” Monjack says. “This is what’s killing all of us. How did it happen? Her mum, myself and her family – we want to know why we lost our baby.”