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Old 12-21-2009, 12:21 AM
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LOS ANGELES - Brittany Murphy, who gained fame in such movies as "8 Mile" and "Just Married" before giving voice to popular animated characters, has died at age 32.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office said her death Sunday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center appeared to be from natural causes but police were investigating.
Murphy was transported to the hospital after the Los Angeles 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.
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Murphy apparently collapsed in the bathroom, and authorities were looking into her medical history.
An official cause of death may not be determined for some time, since toxicology tests will be required, but "it appears to be natural," Winter said. He said an autopsy was planned for Monday or Tuesday.
Los Angeles police have opened an investigation into Murphy's death, Officer Norma Eisenman said. Detectives and coroner's officials were at Murphy and Monjack's home Sunday afternoon but did not talk to reporters. 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.
TMZ.com first reported Murphy's death Sunday morning.
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."
Messages left for Murphy's manager and agent by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.
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. "Her personality was always outward. Everybody loved her — people that made movies with her, people on a cruise — they all loved her. She was just a regular gal."
He said he hadn't heard much about the circumstances of Murphy's death. Bertolotti divorced her mother when Murphy was young and hadn't seen Murphy in the past few years.
"She was just talented," Bertolotti said. "And I loved her very much."
Born Nov. 10, 1977, in Atlanta, Murphy grew up in New Jersey and later moved with her mother to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
Her career started in the early 1990s with small roles in television series, commercials and movies. She is best known for parts in "Girl, Interrupted," "Clueless" and "8 Mile."
Her on-screen work had lessened of late, but Murphy's voice gave life to numerous animated characters, including Luanne Platter on more than 200 episodes of Fox's "King of the Hill" and Gloria the penguin in the 2006 feature "Happy Feet."
She is due to appear in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming film, "The Expendables," set for release next year.
Her role in "8 Mile" led to more recognition, Murphy told AP in 2003. "That changed a lot," she said. "That was the difference between people knowing my first and last name as opposed to not."
Murphy credited her mother, Sharon, with being a key to her success.
"When I asked my mom to move to California, she sold everything and moved out here for me," Murphy said. "I was really grateful to have grown up in an environment that was conducive to creating and didn't stifle any of that. She always believed in me."
She dated Ashton Kutcher, who costarred with Murphy in 2003's romantic comedy "Just Married."
Kutcher sent a message on Twitter Sunday morning about Murphy's death: "2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine," Kutcher wrote. "My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany's family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon."
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
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AP writers Christopher Weber in Los Angeles and Matt Sedensky in Miami contributed to this report.


My prayers go out to her family. Such a shame we lost a beautiful actress and woman.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:14 AM
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Very sad. RIP
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:05 AM
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yes, very unfortunate. If no drugs were involved, including prescription, she must have had an underlying medical condition. Healthy people don't just drop dead at that age.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:08 AM
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It's always sad when someone so young dies, but one report said that she apparently had a heart murmur that was known about.

I also believe she had dealt with drug addiction in the past, however, so as toxicology tests will be conducted only time will tell what happened to her.

But although it's a rare thing, people can die of 'natural causes' at a young age as well as an old one. It's just more difficult to accept.
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That's just not fair

She was fabulous in a film called Drive aswell.
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I'm sorry, there is nothing "natural" about a 32 y/o dropping dead. It is very UNnatural. As Chator said, it was either drugs, an underlying and undiagnosed medical condition, or a combination of both. If the murmur of a heart murmur was correct, my money is on hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, far and away the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in young people, especially athletes. There need be no provocation but when present, anything that accelerates the heart rate from exercise to caffeine to "speed" can stop the heart.

It's sad that whenever a celebrity dies young everyone always starts thinking of drugs and what's more of a shame is that it's usually true. Regardless, condolences to her family and friends.
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The Coroner has ruled on the cause of death, apparently a mixture of prescription drugs and pneumonia, with pneumonia as the primary cause. Questions remain about how long she had the condition and if she was being treated for it, and what role, if any prescription drugs played in her death. Same thing killed Bernie Mac at 50yrs old.
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Actually, Bernie's pneumonia was on top of a pre-existing inflammatory lung condition called sarcoidosis. It is very rare for ordinary garden-variety pneumonia to kill someone today unless it is totally ignored or there is an underlying medical problem that makes it more aggressive and harder to treat.

In Brittany's case, we have no idea how long this was going on and/or if the drugs she was taking made her care less. In addition, she also had anemia. The word "anemia" is like the word "dog," there are Chiuauas and there are St. Bernards. No 32 year-old today should have such horrible undiagnosed and untreated anemia that it compromises her constitution unless she is overworked and underfed. I still say she was a victim of Hollywood.
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