Brittany Murphy Dies

BATD ON Dec 21, 2009 AT 12:05 pm

Brittany Murphy Dies

Brittany Murphy Dies

Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning after suffering a heart attack in her Los Angeles home. According to reports, it was her mother Sharon who found Brittany unconscious in the shower, and made the 911 call at 8am on Sunday morning. Despite the best efforts of medical staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where she was taken by ambulance, she was pronounced dead at 10:04 am.

A neighbour who saw her being wheeled on a stretcher from her home, told People.com: ‘One paramedic was still working on her. First, I couldn’t even tell that it was Brittany that was on the stretcher. It looked like an older woman. Brittany was completely white and her face was covered with a mask. You could tell that something horrible had happened.’

Brittany’s rep, Nicole Perna, said in a statement yesterday afternoon, ‘In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.’

An autopsy is likely to happen today, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said, although they noted, ‘Foul play is not suspected at this time because there were no outward signs of trauma or other injuries.’ However, sources say several prescriptions were found in the house, written for various members of the household including Brittany – who reportedly suffered from diabetes. One source said: “There were a lot of prescriptions in the house.”

Insiders say the actress had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for days – which she was taking medication for – and had begun vomiting shortly before her death, telling her family she felt “very unwell”.

Murphy leaves behind her husband, Simon Monjack, who she married in May 2007, after meeting on the set of White Hotel, which he directed.

Tributes have been flooding in from Hollywood’s finest since the shock news broke yesterday, including from the 32-year-old’s ex- boyfriend, Ashton Kutcher, who Tweeted, ‘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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