TMZ is breaking news that Brittany Murphy is dead. According to their sources, she went into full cardiac arrest this morning at the home she shared with her husband. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Cedars-Sinai. Ordinarily, I would wait until someone confirmed this stuff, but TMZ is reporting and now most media outlets are picking it up – Radar just confirmed, and they’re reporting that the LA County coroner is launching an investigation into cause of death. This is a lot like Michael Jackson’s death, where TMZ broke it and everyone picked it up. I think it’s another replay, and I think this is for real. Brittany was 32 years old.
Brittany Murphy died early this morning after she went into full cardiac arrest and could not be revived, multiple sources tell TMZ.
She was 32.
A 911 call was made at 8:00 AM from a home in Los Angeles that is listed as belonging to her husband, Simon Monjack, the Los Angeles City Fire Department tells TMZ.
We’re told Murphy was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Murphy starred in such films as “Clueless,” “8 Mile,” and “Don’t Say a Word.”
Story developing …
I loved Brittany in Clueless, that was probably my favorite of hers. She had my favorite line in the film – when Cher tells her that she’s got something no other girl in their school has, Brittany says “Oh, no, I’m not a virgin.” She was also really good in Girl, Interrupted as the girl that commits suicide when Lisa and Suzanne run away from the institution. Brittany was very talented, although she wasn’t getting many high-quality jobs lately.
I don’t mean to be morbid, but with cardiac arrest in someone so young, I am thinking drugs. Not necessarily cocaine or anything, it could be prescription medication that got mixed up, much like Heath Ledger’s death. Or it could just be some kind of fluke. In any case, this is extremely sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and her family.
UPDATE: TMZ’s sources are saying that “Brittany Murphy’s mom discovered her unconscious in the shower. We’re told when paramedics arrived, they quickly determined Murphy was in full cardiac arrest and immediately administered CPR. They continued CPR in route to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — several miles away — and Murphy was unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.” People Magazine is also running with the story, so I’m pretty sure this is happening. People also has more details about Brittany’s personal life, her two broken engagements (to Joe Macaluso in August 2006 and Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO of the Hollywood talent agency The Firm, in 2004), as well as details about her relationship with Ashton Kutcher.
UPDATE #2: Brittany‘s family has confirmed her death and released this statement to the media: “In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.” Brittany’s ex Ashton Kutcher also released a statement on Twitter, writing, “2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon. see you on the other side kid.”