Yes, it is possible to be both a bereaved widower AND a scam artist: Meet Simon Monjack
He's the man who sued Hollywood for Brittany, claiming that "they" broke her already-fragile heart by ignoring her talent and marginalizing her success. Unfortunately, autopsy results proved otherwise: Brittany Murphy Died From "Drug Intoxication"
Turns out the foundation, which has been soliticing funds since last month, isn't really a foundation at all. As TMZ discovered, the foundation is not registered as a charity with the IRS or the state of California, as required by law. Oops.
After the TMZ story broke the website went down for maintenance, but now this is up:
We began the Brittany Murphy Foundation to honor Brittany's wishes and to give her family, friends, and fans a way of keeping her legacy alive. In an effort to get the foundation off the ground quickly, we established it as a private foundation with plans to apply for nonprofit status down the road. However, after some thought, we have decided instead to wait until we have our nonprofit status approved before proceeding to ensure that we can truly honor Brittany's charitable desires. Any donations made up until this point will be returned until we have all our paperwork solidified.
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