20
Dec
09

Actress Brittany Murphy Dead at 32


It has just been revealed by Brittany Murphy’s family that the actress was ill with flu-like symptoms in the days before her death at age 32.

The Clueless and 8 Mile actress died Sunday morning after collapsing at her Hollywood Hills home.

An autopsy on Monday will help determine what killed the actress, but it will be weeks before the cause of death is announced.

The Chief Coroner says Murphy’s death appears to be from natural causes, but due to what?

Prescription medications were taken from Murphy’s home and officials are talking with her personal physician to get a better sense of her medical history.

Murphy died about 10 a.m. Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to the hospital.

She was transported to the medical center after the Fire Department responded to a call at 8 a.m. at the home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, in the Hollywood Hills.

Murphy apparently collapsed in the bathroom.

Paparazzi were camped outside the multistory home, located above the Sunset Strip.

Neighbor Clare Staples said she saw firefighters working to resuscitate the actress Sunday morning. She said Murphy was on a stretcher.

Murphy’s husband, wearing pajama bottoms and no shoes, appeared “dazed” as firefighters tried to save her, Staples said. “It’s just tragic,” she added.

Murphy’s publicist, Nicole Perna, said in a statement:

“In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.”

Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, said he learned of her death from his son, the actress’s brother, and was stunned.

“She was just an absolute doll since she was born,” Bertolotti said from his Branford, Fla., home. People…loved her…She was just a regular gal.”

Born Nov. 10, 1977, in Atlanta, Murphy grew up in New Jersey and later moved with her mother to Los Angeles to pursue acting.

Aside from her on-screen roles, Murphy also voiced many animated characters, including Luanne Platter on Fox’s King of the Hill.

She is due to appear in Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming film, The Expendables,set for release next year.

She once dated Ashton Kutcher, who costarred with Murphy in 2003’s romantic comedy Just Married.

Funeral arrangements for Murphy have not been announced.

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