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Actress Brittany Murphy Died of ‘Natural Causes’

brittany-murphyActress and singer Brittany Murphy died today at age 32 of a reported heart attack. Murphy’s mom discovered her unconscious in the shower at the home of her husband, Simon Monjack.

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 where she was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m.

Initial speculation was that Murphy may have overdosed on drugs or have been suffering from an eating disorder.  However, Ed Winter, Assistant Chief Coroner in Los Angeles County, announced later in the day that the cause of death "appears to be natural."

Authorities are examining her medical history to attempt to determine a more specific reason for the actress' death, but it make take some time before any final determinations are made.

Murphy is best known for her roles in such films as ‘Clueless’, ‘8 Mile’, ‘Just Married’ and ‘Sin City’ and many others. She was also featured in the long-running animated series ‘King of the Hill’ as the voice of Luanne Platter.

In 2006, Murphy was voted 36th in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women List, and in May of the same year, Maxim named Murphy #49 on its annual Hot 100 List.

Also in 2006, Murphy and Paul Oakenfold released a single that became a club hit, and reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song also charted at number seven on the UK singles chart in June of 2006. Murphy also provided several covers for the sound track to the movie ‘Happy Feet’.

For a time the actress dated Ashton Kutcher, her co-star in the film ‘Just Married’. In May 2007, Murphy married screenwriter Monjack in a private ceremony.

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