On Tuesday, actor Eric Balfour visited Brittany Murphy's mother Sharon and husband Simon Monjack at the Hollywood Hills home where the actress, 32, died Sunday.
"Everyone is devastated," he told UsMagazine.com. "We are trying to be strong for them."
In the early 90s, Balfour, now 32, was also a member of a band called "Blessed with Soul" that featured Murphy.
He said her death is "just a tragedy."
"I’ve known her since I was 14-years old," he told Us. "Brittany was one of my oldest friends."
"We are very sad she is gone, and we are asking everyone to be respectful," he told Us.
Added the actor, "Life is fragile. There is no easy way through this."