Actress Brittany Murphy dies at 32

Posted on December 20, 2009

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Actress Brittany Murphy dies at 32 after entering full cardiac arrest

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Actress Brittany Murphy, the 32-year-old starlet who got her start in the movie “Clueless,” died Sunday in Los Angeles.

The troubled screen siren and singer went into full cardiac arrest early Sunday and could not be revived, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

It was her beloved mom who discovered her unconscious in the shower, according to the Web site TMZ. When paramedics arrived just after 8 a.m., they immediately began administering CPR and rushed her to nearby Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

She was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m., Cedars-Sanai spokeswoman Sally Stewart said.

Murphy became a household name among teens in 1995 as the sidekick in “Clueless” who went from awkward wall flower to snotty hottie.

She has appeared in more than 25 movies since then including “8 Mile,” “Girl Interrupted,” “Don’t Say a Word,” and “Sin City.”

A few years ago, the actress with a distinctively gravelly voice released the single “Faster Kill Pussycat,” which quickly became a dance club hit.

Murphy lived in Edison, N.J., before moving to California when she was 13 and landing her first television role in “Blossom.”

She underwent a transformation from a too-pudgy-for-Hollywood brunette to a skinny blonde whose ample cleavage landed her in Maxim’s 100 hottest women in 2003.

After appearing underweight with super-plump lips in the last few years, rumors have swirled about drug use and plastic surgery.

Last month, Murphy’s husband of two years, Simon Monjack, was rushed to a hospital after his plane landed at Los Angeles Airport. He was incoherent when EMTs boarded the plane.

In October, cops got a call from neighbors complaining that a frantic Murphy was on her balcony screaming about gunshots being fired near her home in Hollywood.

The noise was found to be coming from a generator.

She was engaged to two other men before marrying Monjack in 2007.

On Sunday, her old squeeze, actor Ashton Kutcher, Murphy’s costar in 2003’s “Just Married,” posted this tweet on Twitter: “See you on the other side kid . . .  2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon.”

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