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Brittany Murphy RIP
Sin City actress dies aged 32

20 December 2009  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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In a tragic turn of events, Brittany Murphy has died at the age of 32. The actress went into cardiac arrest early Sunday morning in LA, and, despite being rushed to hospital, she was dead on arrival.

Murphy had her big film break at the age of 18 in Clueless. She appeared as Tai, one of the bubbly sidekicks to Alicia Silverstone's Cher.

From there, she scored small roles in the likes of Drop Dead Gorgeous and Drive, before winning some kudos for her performance in Girl, Interrupted.

Bigger parts followed, including leads in Cherry Falls, Don't Say A Word and an emotional turn alongside rapper Eminem in 8 Mile.

More recently, she appeared in Just Married with then-boyfriend Ashton Kutcher and Uptown Girls with Dakota Fanning.

She played Shellie for Robert Rodriguez in Sin City and also voiced Gloria in Happy Feet. But it was another voice-over role, that of Luanne in TV's King Of The Hill, for which many will remember her.

The actress has several films awaiting release, most notably The Expendables. She's survived by husband Simon Monjack.


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RE: R.I.P Brittany Murphy
I'm a big fan of Cherry Falls and Drive! Brittany was a quirky actress with a certain look. More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 23:26 on 28 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: R.I.P Brittany Murphy
Such an underrated actress, RIP Brittany More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:37 on 28 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: R.I.P Brittany Murphy
its always a shame when a young person passes away! may she rest in peace,my condolences to her family! More

Posted by peredebeeste at 19:26 on 23 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: R.I.P Brittany Murphy
To all of you with the drug-related comments; you have no information beyond spiteful speculation and ought to have more respect for the dead. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Ms Murphy possessed one of the most charismatic screen presences that I've been lucky enough to witness. Her performance in Drop Dead Gorgeous was so warm and endearing, especially that laugh. This is truly tragic and my heart goes out to her family. More

Posted by roundeyeblues at 15:46 on 22 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Storythrice
Shocking and really sad. She was certainly a talent. RIP More

Posted by Workshed at 14:45 on 22 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Brittany Murphy RIP
A real shame, she was beautiful and talented. More

Posted by Kazuya at 09:24 on 22 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: R.I.P. Brittany Murphy
Shocking... I will miss her Luanne in King of the Hill and her cute but delightfully off-beat style. RIP More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 00:32 on 22 December 2009 | Report This Post

R.I.P. Brittany Murphy
Empire. I brought up your website expecting you to have made a big deal of Brittany Murphy's tragic death and all I eventually found was a pishy wee link. The BBC's done a bigger and better feature than you. Disappointing! I'm away to watch Little Black Book....that'll cheer me up. More

Posted by graemes10589 at 21:37 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

Waaaaaaaaaay too young to die. :-/ More

Posted by Bluehawk at 19:44 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

SORRY you did mention Drive after reading you item again.
Again apologies Empire. More

Posted by Taz69 at 18:03 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

That is a HUGE shocker.
What a deeply unpleasant suprise. In every film she was in she filled the screen with her sparky attitude and was maturing into a fine actress.One other movie that escaped mention was her fun turn as Deliverance in the brilliant Drive, a role she took after Clueless. It a goddamn shame she won't be on our screens anymore. You will be missed Britany - Rest in Peace. More

Posted by Taz69 at 18:00 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

So very sad. My only real frame of reference was Sin City but she came across as a very feisty young actress. She could have been something amazing... More

Posted by Jenzy at 16:01 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Tragic news!
Incredibly sad news, another great young actor gone before their time, RIP More

Posted by Chris Smithee at 15:53 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

Tragic news!
Only 2 years older than me, so really makes you put things in perspective. Said on news earlier, heavy rumours circulating that her MI was linked to an addiction to perscription drugs. Very sad... and yet another celeb caught up in the spiral of drugs! :( More

Posted by losthighway at 15:36 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

i'm gonna miss her most of all as louanne in king of the hill! More

Posted by astoroth at 14:11 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

Desperately Sad
God love poor Brittany, she was a beautiful young woman and a good comedienne with a bright future ahead of her. She apparently died of natural causes and I can't believe a heart defect was never spotted in all the medicals she had to have to get insurance to do movies. I feel sorry for her husband. On Saturday, he was a husband looking forward to Christmas with his wife. Now he's suddenly single, a widower and he has to endure her funeral just days before Christmas. It'll be years before h More

Posted by BenTramer at 09:26 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

TRAGIC!
What a tragedy especially at this time. May her soul rest in peace. More

Posted by IKEOBI at 09:15 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

R.I.P Brittany Murphy Bless you poem
You were in Sin City, I thought you were pretty, Just Married was a flop, It wasn't much cop, 6 Mile was about rap, You certainly were not crap, So why did you have to die? To make movies in the sky? Why why why why why why why?????????? One less house for santa this year, One less house of christmas cheer, Now you are with the king of pop In the section of heaven where hearts have stopped, Are you an angel now? Did you get your wings somehow, Every time a bell ri More

Posted by warneford87 at 09:01 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RIP
Sad news and even more so at this time of year.  32 was no age.  She had her whole life and career ahead of her.  RIP More

Posted by Twisted Kitty at 08:42 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RIP
She was really good in Sin City, horrible news. More

Posted by efc91 at 08:36 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Brittany Murphy RIP
Let's leave potentially libellous commentary on causes of death until facts have been established, eh? More

Posted by homersimpson_esq at 08:24 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Brittany Murphy RIP
very sad. another talenteted young Actress called to soon. Deepest sympathies to her family. Terrible to loose anyone but particulary hard at this time of year. More

Posted by livewire at 08:23 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

Brittany Murphy RIP
Teribbly sad news.   She was a very talented young actress who leaves behind a good CV. In a film that was full of terrific female performances she gave one of the best in Girl Interrupted, a performance that sadly gets forgotten in the wake of Jolie`s show stealing turn.   RIP Brittany Murphy. More

Posted by JohnChard at 07:36 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Brittany Murphy RIP
As bad as it is that an actress so young has died, I have the feeling it has something to do with drugs especially considering the circumstances mentioned above. And if that is the case, well that's the risks you takethe first flick I saw her in was Mark Dascasos' Drive, she was bloody mental in it. More

Posted by captainrentboy at 06:41 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

I think it was...
...very nice what Neil Fifer had to say about her. RIP Brittany. More

Posted by VanQ at 05:47 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

I think it was...
...very nice what Neil Fifer had to say about her. RIP Brittany. More

Posted by VanQ at 05:46 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Brittany Murphy RIP
You know you might be right, but it is still a tragedy  More

Posted by barbbart at 05:42 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: R.I.P Brittany Murphy
That is very odd that he doesn't want an autopsy, you might be right he might have had something to do with it.  I did hear on the news that they were going to do an autopsy.  More

Posted by barbbart at 05:36 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

Thats really sad, she was a good actress More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 02:08 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: R.I.P Brittany Murphy
First saw her in the quirky Wheatus video for A Little Respect and thought she was gorgeous.  Such a shame to die so young :o(   RIP Brittany More

Posted by waterboy at 01:45 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: R.I.P Brittany Murphy
This is so sad, shocking, she had a lot of potential, funny, charming, just absolutely terrible. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 01:23 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

aaaaaaaah
i liked the Murph : ( R.I.P madame More

Posted by SteadyEddie at 00:23 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

aaaaaaaah
i liked the Murph : ( R.I.P madame More

Posted by SteadyEddie at 00:23 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Storythrice
Storythrice is a self attention wanting douche, ignore him. I always liked Murphy, she made some bad choices (Just Married)), but she did some great work in Clueless, 8 Mile and King of the Hill and her Boogie Wonderland is very highly played on my iPod. More

Posted by odddaze at 00:20 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

R.I.P Brittany Murphy
Such a shame... and the age of 32 the same age as me. and to Storythrice your a sad sick bastard, grow up and get a life More

Posted by Rawbeard at 00:12 on 21 December 2009 | Report This Post

Storythrice
Shit man, that's harsh, I'm cynical, but that's just downright fucking harsh man, be ashamed More

Posted by fuzzcaminski at 23:50 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RIP
Awful news. Ooh,and to storythrice - you're a cunt. More

Posted by rubadub at 23:43 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Brittany Murphy RIP
Sad news, R.I.P. More

Posted by Indio at 23:35 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

Brittany Murphy RIP
The mysteries of life/death are beyond us all. So illogical. So unfortunate. What's it all about! RIP, Brittany More

Posted by John_Connor at 23:12 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Brittany Murphy RIP
Always tragic when someone so young passes away. She had much to give. She will be missed. RIP. More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 23:06 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RIP Brit...
When I heard that she had died, I didn't believe it. She was one of my favorite actresses. :: "I'll never te...ell." :: Can't believe she's gone. More

Posted by carduo6988 at 22:56 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RIP
Shocking news. RIP More

Posted by CORLEONE at 22:56 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RIP
aw gutted for her family at this time. best wishes to her family More

Posted by kumar at 22:50 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RIP
I'm stunned by this. Tragic to lose such a talent so young. She always seemed to shineon screen, even in roles and movies that that weren't the best. She will be missed. More

Posted by OWENR22 at 22:47 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

Shocking, Such a young actress who had a great taste in film choices she appeared in. Didn't even realise about the 'King of the Hill' gig, great character. More

Posted by punchdrunk at 22:29 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

R.I.P GIRL..
OH MY GOD that is a shock and a half.. i didnt know she was going to be in The Expendables.. and from the sounds of it that movie will be big so lets hope she has a decent roll to remember her by.. RIP BRIT :( More

Posted by DeadCell79 at 22:25 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
i'm geniunly upset about this,she was such a unique actress and have loved many of her roles. More

Posted by swan at 22:21 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

A shock
What a shock. One so young should never be taken so soon. Very sad news indeed. More

Posted by wrenster at 22:08 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

Too young to die.
Tragic. RIP More

Posted by Agent69 at 22:08 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
I've just heard about this. So shocking and so sad to hear news like that, especially with one so young. RIP Brittany. More

Posted by Virgil Brigman at 22:06 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

Man, this is some sobering, shocking news. Always a shock when younger people die of heart releated issues. Very sad. More

Posted by hughjass at 22:00 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
I just made the mistake (I really should have known better) of looking at some of the comments on imdb. Fuck me there are some hateful people over there. More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 21:56 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

So so sad and shocking we lose and amazing young actress and the most beautiful smile, Molly's smile is now with the angels More

Posted by robert_freak at 21:50 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

R.I.P
How very sad. Such a talented young woman. More

Posted by ZippyBug24 at 21:50 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

Too young...
...to die...such a great talent as well...R.I.P. Brittany :( xxx More

Posted by Noelg25 at 21:49 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

R.I.P
How very sad. Such a talented young woman. More

Posted by ZippyBug24 at 21:49 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

Very Sad
What a terrible shame. She seemed very nice and was quite sweet in most of her roles. So sad that somebody so young is taken away from us just when she was getting noticed and yes she was the sexiest girl in Sin City and she will be sadly missed. RIP Brittany. More

Posted by Big Braveheart at 21:44 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Fucking craziness.
A bloody shame, she was far too young.  More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 21:42 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

Fucking craziness.
So shocking for someone so young to have died, especially for an actress that had always portrayed characters so full of life. She will be sorely missed. (Crowning achievement: being the sexiest girl in Sin City.) More

Posted by murder_minty at 21:28 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RIP
Very Sad news. My thoughts are with her family. Its always tragic when someone soo young dies. Rest in Peace More

Posted by Joanne13 at 21:27 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

RIP
Shocking news - so young too. She was lovely. More

Posted by Hillsman at 21:14 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

So sad to hear this.
I always liked her onscreen; she was funny and cute as a button. At the end of the day, a death of one so young is always sad. May she rest in peace. More

Posted by sagart at 21:11 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

Sad news
Very sad news. She seemed like a very talented, edgy and bright actress. More

Posted by The Bantam Menace at 20:59 on 20 December 2009 | Report This Post

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