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HARTMAN CHILDREN ATTEND MEMORIAL.

Byline: Jesse Hiestand Daily News Staff Writer

The two young children of Phil and Brynn Hartman joined relatives at a private memorial service Thursday for the comedian and his wife, a week after she killed him and then committed suicide.

The hourlong eulogy in a stone cemetery chapel at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, drew more than 20 family members and their spouses, as news helicopters hovered above and reporters stood outside the cemetery gates.

A few paparazzi tried to storm the hilltop Church of the Recessional but were turned back by security, said family spokesman Stan Rosenfield.

Rosenfield would not disclose details about Thursday's service, including the eulogies. A public memorial is being planned, he said.

The comedian and his wife have been cremated, in accordance with their wills, which directed that 49-year-old Phil Hartman's ashes be scattered at Emerald Bay, Catalina Island, Rosenfield said.

Birgen Anika Hartman, 6, and Sean Edward Hartman, 9, will be cared for by Brynn Hartman's sister, Katherine K. Wright, of Eau Claire, Wis.

Rosenfield said he hopes that by Monday he will announce the charities that relatives have selected to receive donations on behalf of the Hartmans.

On Wednesday night, celebrities and friends of Phil Hartman attended a memorial service at The Groundlings, the Melrose Avenue improv company that Hartman belonged to from 1975 to 1986.

Others at The Groundlings included ``Saturday Night Live'' guru Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin and Paul Reubens, a former Groundling who wrote ``Pee Wee's Big Adventure'' with Hartman.

Earlier this week, Los Angeles police released a tape of the 911 call that led them to the couple's home in the 5000 block of Encino Avenue on May 28. The caller, Ron Douglas of Studio City, told dispatchers that Brynn Hartman, a longtime friend, had come to his home sometime after 3 a.m. and confessed to shooting her husband.

Initially disbelieving her, Douglas followed her back to the Hartmans' home, where he saw Phil Hartman's body and called police. Douglas was taking one of the couple's children from the house when Brynn Hartman, 40, locked herself in the master bedroom and shot herself.

According to police, Brynn Hartman did not tell Douglas why she killed her husband.

Friends of the Hartmans said the marriage was troubled by both the comedian's inability to communicate with his wife and her bouts with drugs and alcohol.

Police found no illegal drugs in the house after the murder-suicide, but coroner's investigators plan to do further toxicological tests, the results of which will not be available for at least a week.
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