Britney Spears’ celebrity psychiatrist died suddenly last month amid a court-ordered review of her conservatorship case that’s set to go before a judge next week.
Dr. Timothy Benson died Aug. 24 and will be buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills following a funeral service set for Sept. 21, an online obituary and Facebook post by his wife said.
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The cause of death was not disclosed, but sources told TMZ.com that the 48-year-old psychiatrist died from an aneurysm.
The evaluation of Spears’ conservatorship case was ordered in May after the pop star appeared in court and her lawyer said she planned to testify about “her medical care, her minor children and trade secrets."
The singer’s mom Lynne Spears attended that closed-door hearing amid reports she was concerned about her daughter’s mental state and treatment.
Spears’ dad Jamie Spears has been at the helm of the conservatorship since it was formed in 2008 after the Grammy winner was admitted to a psychiatric hospital against her will.
Jamie asked last week to temporarily step down from the leadership role citing undisclosed health issues. He’s also the subject of an investigation into claims he got physical with Spears’ eldest son during a visit last month.
He allegedly busted through a door and grabbed the teen during an argument, causing the minor to fear him, a law enforcement source previously told the Daily News.
Benson, meanwhile, is a board-certified psychiatrist and author whose website includes mentions of his work with professional athletes in the NBA and NFL.
According to TMZ, unidentified people close Spears felt he wasn’t a good fit for the “Toxic” singer.
Spears, 37, was the subject of multiple reports earlier this year claiming she was seeking intensive mental health treatment following the abrupt cancellation of her second Las Vegas residency, “Britney: Domination.”
She took to social media in April to address rampant rumors she was being held in a facility against her will.
“Hi, guys. Just checking in with all of you who are concerned about me. All is well,” Spears said in an Instagram video posted April 23. “My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately, so I just needed time to deal. But don’t worry, I’ll be back very soon.
“I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me. Don’t believe everything you read and hear,” she said in the caption to the video.
She previously said in a January Instagram post that her father was seriously ill and “almost died.”
Representatives later explained Jamie’s colon had ruptured.
“We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him,” she wrote in her caption to a throwback pic of her parents with her when she was little.
“I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand,” she wrote.