Actress Brittany Murphy passed away Sunday morning (December 20), shortly after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital.
According to TMZ, the 32-year-old actress went into full cardiac arrest at her home around 8:00 a.m., and could not be revived. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Her time of death was listed as 10:04 a.m.
The site says Murphy’s mom discovered her unconscious in the shower. When paramedics arrived, they administered CPR and continued to do so on he way to the hospital, but was unresponsive.
At press time, LAPD did not suspect foul play, but have launched an investigation into her death.
“The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy,” Murphy’s family said in a statement. “She was our daughter, our wife, our love and a shining star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this time.”
Murphy broke onto the Hollywood circuit in the 1995 teen classic “Clueless,” following the role of Tai, playing opposite of the film’s star Alicia Silverstone.
Since then, she’s gone on to work with some of the biggest stars in the bix including Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder in “Girl Interrupted” and opposite Clive Owen in the noir thriller “Sin City,” in which she played a femme fatale.
In 2002, she appeared as Eminem’s onscreen love interest in the box-office smash, “8 Mile.”
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The news of her death has shocked the entertainment biz, especially since she was so young. Her former co-star, Silverstone, called her death “truly sad.”
“I always felt connected to her as we shared a very special experience in our lives together,” Silverstone told People magazine. “I feel love in my heart for her — and hope she is at peace. This is truly sad … I loved working with Brittany. She was so talented, so warm and so sweet.”
Several stars took to Twitter, posting messages about their reactions, as well. Here’s a few of them, compiled by MTV.com:
“Never met her, but sad to hear about Brittany Murphy,” director Kevin Smith tweeted (@ThatKevinSmith). “G’night, Ms. Murphy; hope you’re rollin’ with the homies someplace nice.”
“Known her since we were kids. Very sad … I’m shocked,” “Less Than Perfect” actress Sara Rue wrote (@SARARUEFORREAL). “Hold the ones you love close today. Xoxo.”
Travis Barker’s ex-wife Shanna Moakler tweeted (@ShannaMoakler). “R.I.P Brittany Murphy. Too young.”
“So saddened about Brittany Murphy,” wrote actress Diora Baird (@diorabaird1). “There’s not too many broads that can make you laugh, but she was one of the top in my eyes.”
Musician Josh Groban (@JoshGroban) took a more judgmental tone with his Twitter statement: “Hollywood loses another bright soul. … How many more?” he asked. “A decade of decadence and devastation. Time to wake up.”
“So sad: Brittany Murphy has died,” tweeted film critic Richard Roeper (@RichardRoeper). “Did some fine work in ‘8 Mile’ and ‘Sin City’ and (chilling title now) ‘The Dead Girl.’ ”
“Had a great meeting with Brittany Murphy for ‘The Nines,’ ” writer/director John August wrote (@JohnAugust), remembering his 2007 Ryan Reynolds film that she auditioned for but was not cast in. “She was truly cool, and I rooted for her comeback.”
“RIP Brittany Murphy,” “Slither” writer/director James Gunn echoed (@James_Gunn). “She was a very nice girl and this is sad as hell.”