In surprising, but sadly not exactly shocking news, actress Brittany Murphy died today of apparent cardiac arrest.
It’s being reported that a call was made to 911 early Sunday morning from Brittany Murphy’s L.A. home; the call is said to have been placed by her husband Simon Monjack.
Brittany Murphy, age 32, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:04 a.m.
UPDATE 3:11 PM ET — Sources tell TMZ Brittany Murphy’s mom discovered her unconscious in the shower. We’re told 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 — several miles away — and Murphy was unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
We’re told the LA County Coroner’s is picking up Murphy’s body from Cedars later today and will launch a death investigation.
UPDATE 4:00 PM ET — We’re also told the LAPD has launched a death investigation.
UPDATE 4:07 PM ET — A rep for Murphy tells TMZ, “In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.”
UPDATE 5:21 PM ET — Two LAPD officers were just spotted going into Murphy’s home.
So if Brittany Murphy died of cardiac arrest at the young age of 32, I can think of three possible causes: genetic heart disease, anorexia, or drugs.
I hope it was genetic heart disease but in today’s day and age, it’s more likely something a bit more sinister.
Did she have a history with drugs?
Man, 2009 continues to be the year of death all the way till the end. Who’s next?
I don’t know if there’s anything on record about drug use per se, but with so many crazy celebrity drug deaths lately, who the heck knows.
How sad. It will be interesting to see what is revealed as an investigation ensues.
Rest in peace, Brittany.