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Brittany Murphy’s Death Still a Mystery

An autopsy was performed one day after Brittany Murphy's death at age 32 rocked Hollywood, but it will be weeks before the official cause of death is known.

The actress, who died Sunday from cardiac arrest, had been complaining of flulike symptoms. Prescription medicine was taken from her home, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said Monday.

Though Murphy's death appeared to be from natural causes, results from tests to determine what killed the actress won't be available for weeks, said Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter. He said the illness, which was reported to officials by her family, could have contributed to her death.

A toxicology test for the presence of drugs and alcohol also will be done.

The actress, who got her big break as a new-to-town teen in 1995's Clueless, was found collapsed in the Los Angeles home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, whom she married in 2007. Winter said it was unclear whether she was found by Monjack or her mother, Sharon. Paramedics tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Several stars who worked with Murphy in such movies as 8 Mile (2002), Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Sin City (2005) described the actress as "sweet." Alicia Silverstone, whose character Cher gave Murphy's Tai a Beverly Hills makeover in Clueless, said in a statement that she was "so saddened to hear this news. I loved working with Brittany. She was so talented, so warm and so sweet. I always felt connected to her, as we shared a very special experience in our lives together."

"Brittany was one of the sweetest people you will ever meet," read the statement of fellow Clueless star Donald Faison, who also appeared with Murphy in Uptown Girls (2003).

Denise Richards took to Twitter to recall her co-star in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), saying she was "the sweetest and most adorable."

3 Responses »

  1. Brittany Murphey was my favorite actress. She had a "glow" and though I of course never met her, I always felt that she must have been real cool person in real life as well! Her smile was contagous and her memory will never be forgotten. RIP Brittany and i wish the best for all of her family.
    Fan, Kaitlin

  2. Such a loss. She will be missed. I loved her in every movie she was in ! so talented
    I feel for her mother and family. It's never easy to lose a child.

  3. Britney Murphy was an amazing actress wit a heart of gold.
    I seen her in clueless nd 8mile she rocked in clueless but she was very deep wen it came to her role in 8mile I'm sad to hear she has passed but she is up their with
    other amazing actress nd actors who r angels n they will take care of her n help her through her transision to becomeing an angel n she can look down n be some ones guardain angel now down on earth.

    Sweet dreams Britney "butterfly" Murphy
    U will be missed and loved 4eva
    N to the family I give my condulences