Actress Murphy had flulike illness

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LOS ANGELES – Brittany Murphy's family said the actress was ill with flulike symptoms in the days before her death and prescription medications were taken from her home, the Los Angeles coroner's office said Monday.

Actress Brittany Murphy died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 32.  Associated Press
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Actress Brittany Murphy died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 32.

The 32-year-old star of films such as "Clueless" and "8 Mile" died Sunday morning after collapsing at her Hollywood Hills home. Paramedics tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said they will conduct an autopsy Monday to try to determine what killed the actress, and said her death appeared to be from natural causes. He said the reported illness could have contributed to her death, but it will be weeks before a final determination is made.

Toxicology tests will be performed, and officials will contact her personal physician to get a better sense of Murphy's medical history, Winter said.

Neighbor Clare Staples said she saw firefighters working to resuscitate the actress Sunday morning. She said Murphy was on a stretcher.

Murphy's husband, wearing pajama bottoms and no shoes, appeared "dazed" as firefighters tried to save her, Staples said. "It's just tragic," she added.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

"The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy," Murphy's husband and family wrote in a statement. "She was our daughter, our wife, our love, and a shinning star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this difficult time."

Murphy moved to Los Angeles with her mother, Sharon, in the early 1990s. Her career started with small roles in television series, commercials and movies, but her part in "Clueless" led to larger projects.

She is best known for parts in "Girl, Interrupted" and "8 Mile," and also voiced the character Luanne Platter for more 200 episodes on Fox's animated series "King of the Hill."

Her role in "8 Mile" led to more recognition, Murphy told AP in 2003. "That changed a lot," she said. "That was the difference between people knowing my first and last name as opposed to not."

She married British screenwriter Simon Monjack in 2007.

Murphy's father, Angelo Bertolotti, said he learned of her death from his son, the actress's brother, and was stunned.

"She was just an absolute doll since she was born," Bertolotti said from his Branford, Fla., home. "Her personality was always outward. Everybody loved her – people that made movies with her, people on a cruise – they all loved her. She was just a regular gal."

He said he hadn't heard much about the circumstances of Murphy's death. Bertolotti divorced her mother when Murphy was young and hadn't seen Murphy in the past few years.

"She was just talented," Bertolotti said. "And I loved her very much."

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BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 12/20/09 - 07:21 pm
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Another self indulgent, self

Another self indulgent, self absorbed famous person drugged themselves to death. Other than her friends and family, who cares? Is this really what passes for news?

YellowHammer
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YellowHammer 12/20/09 - 07:50 pm
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Regardless of how she was or

Regardless of how she was or any other circumstances, it's not very appropriate to make comments like that BakersfieldCityLimits. She's still somebody's loved one.

butler123
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butler123 12/20/09 - 07:52 pm
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Where does it say that in

Where does it say that in this article?

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 12/20/09 - 07:53 pm
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Nice that you could show a

Nice that you could show a little compassion there, BCL. Jerk.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 12/20/09 - 08:18 pm
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Didn't anyone ever tell her

Didn't anyone ever tell her that cocaine can kill you?

andywarhol
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andywarhol 12/20/09 - 08:19 pm
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Since when do we have to show

Since when do we have to show compassion for people who have a history of using drugs? If I die in a car wreck from drinking and driving, I don't need your compassion, because I know full well what the consequences are. Stop sugar coating the story and tell your kids, "Look Jimmy, this is what drugs will do to you."

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 12/20/09 - 08:24 pm
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My kids already know Andy.

My kids already know Andy. You raise your kids, I'll raise mine.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 12/20/09 - 08:26 pm
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...and you make your comments

...and you make your comments and we'll make ours. Don't police up the comments; leave that to the Chronicle to worry about.

jaschild
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jaschild 12/20/09 - 08:30 pm
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karma can be a real b****,

karma can be a real b****, andy. you might be right, but your apparent glee over a person's death seems misplaced. maybe you should go kick a puppy or drown a sack of kittens to get this evil out of your system tonight LOL

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 12/20/09 - 08:33 pm
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Merry Christmas, Andy. BTW, I

Merry Christmas, Andy. BTW, I didn't police up the comments, I just commented that someone could show some compassion. After all, it's five days to Christmas. Glad tidings, good will towards men, and all that?

andywarhol
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andywarhol 12/20/09 - 08:33 pm
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When did I show glee over a

When did I show glee over a person's death? I'm only saying a person's death can also be a lesson for all. Did you also know her husband doesn't want an autopsy? Strange. I know you all can't get enough celebrity news. You must lead a pathetic life to find this interesting, then lash out at those who could care less that another actor/actress is dead from the usual behavior.

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 12/20/09 - 08:39 pm
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So people with personal

So people with personal problems like drug abuse and eating disorders aren't likely to have any other redeeming qualities as human beings?

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humbleopinion 12/20/09 - 09:49 pm
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There are reports that she

There are reports that she suffered from diabetes and that has contributed to her death. Please hold your idiotic comments until the facts are known. Toxicology reports can be done without an autopsy as well as determining if her death was due to diabetes. I for one would not want my wife's body mangled by an autopsy unless there were suspicious aspects of the death.

bigman30907
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bigman30907 12/20/09 - 10:43 pm
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Her role as rapper Eminem's

Her role as rapper Eminem's girlfriend in the film "8 Mile" led to more recognition, Murphy told The Associated Press in 2003. "That changed a lot," she said. "That was the difference between people knowing my first and last name as opposed to not."

Her role in "8 Mile" led to more recognition, Murphy said told AP in 2003. "That changed a lot," she said. "That was the difference between people knowing my first and last name as opposed to not."

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tired of the crap 12/21/09 - 12:36 am
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you jerks commenting on her

you jerks commenting on her death need to stop and get a life unless you have a degree that says you can read the mind as to what happen and only so far GOD knows that until the test are ran. you all need to go read else where if you dont wish to read about this. no one is making you read this.

UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/21/09 - 04:00 am
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tired, who is making you read

tired, who is making you read the comments?

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Brad Owens 12/21/09 - 05:58 am
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"An official cause of death

"An official cause of death may not be determined for some time, since toxicology tests will be required, but "it appears to be natural," What says that she was killed by cocaine? I must have missed that one.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/21/09 - 09:43 am
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Humbleopinion, she needs to

Humbleopinion, she needs to be autopsied. It makes a difference with life insurance, and they need to determine a cause of death.

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stillamazed 12/21/09 - 03:49 pm
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Can't believe the nastiness

Can't believe the nastiness of people like bcl, she is a human being and you nor anyone else knows what killed her and shame on you for making assumptions, it said she had flu like symptoms. Maybe one day a loved one of yours will die, make the papers and turn around will be fair play........

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/21/09 - 03:49 pm
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Just Nuts says:"this is

Just Nuts says:"this is another attempt by the AWM to portray you know who in a bad light . The non minority media focuses on sensational journalism and waste their time on insignificant stories. When are they going to finish investigating President Andrew Jackson for supposedly sleeping with the help instead of focusing on wasting taxpayer's money? this kinda of article only benefits you know who and the Seattle Supersonics. Great Country eh?"

stillamazed
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stillamazed 12/21/09 - 04:04 pm
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Andy, perhaps the husband

Andy, perhaps the husband doesn't want an autopsy because he himself is trying to hide something that he did but for someone who doesn't care about such things you sure have alot to comment on and alot of assumptions to make...

Newsreader
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Newsreader 12/21/09 - 04:47 pm
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I have no idea what killed

I have no idea what killed this women, but I really don't care because I really did not know her first or last name, until reports of her death. But I still pray for the loved ones and hope they find God's grace and comfort as it is the only thing that heals. Love and MERRY CHRISTMAS (emphasis intended) to all and to all a good night.

fishman960
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fishman960 12/21/09 - 07:05 pm
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I will miss her as Luann on

I will miss her as Luann on King of the Hill!

corgimom
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corgimom 12/21/09 - 10:05 pm
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A lot of things can produce

A lot of things can produce flu-like symptoms, including heart disease caused by drugs or anorexia. She looked skeletal to me.

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