32-year-old actress Brittany Murphy collapsed in the shower Sunday morning and was rushed to the hospital. The Clueless actress reportedly went into cardiac arrest but couldn’t be revived.
Murphy’s mother reportedly found the actress unconscious in the shower. Her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, dialed 911, after which paramedics arrived and administered CPR. She was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was pronounced dead on arrival. Her official time of death was listed as 10:04am.
The Coroner has purportedly taken charge of Murphy’s body and so far early reports suggest her “death appears to be natural." Foul play has been ruled out. Conflicting reports say prescription drugs may have played a role in her death. TMZ is reporting that large amounts of prescription drugs were found at the scene and that Murphy was taking something to treat flu-like symptoms. It is also being reported that Murphy had “a long-running struggle with prescription drugs.” This may be the reason that Murphy’s husband requested an autopsy not be performed. He was later overruled by the Coroner.
Murphy’s family issued a statement last night saying, "The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy. She was our daughter, our wife, our love and a shining star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this time."
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