Sunday, December 20, 2009

Britney Murphy Cardiac Arrest - Dies At 32

britneymurphydies,britneymurphycariacarrest,emergingmagazineAccording to reports, actress Britney Murphy has died of an apparent cardiac arrest. Although hospital spokespersons have not confirmed the cause of death. A Los Angeles hospital spokeswoman says actress Brittany Murphy has died. She was 32.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Spokeswoman Sally Stewart says Murphy died at 10:04 a.m. Saturday. She would not provide a cause of death, or any other information.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Devon Gale says crews responded to a call at 8 a.m. Saturday from a home in Los Angeles that is listed as belonging to British screenwriter Simon Monjack, who is married to Murphy.

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TMZ says on its website that she went into full cardiac arrest early on Sunday and could not be revived.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department got a call from the home of Murphy's husband Simon Monjack, fire officials told TMZ.

It is reported that a call went out to 911 from Murphy's Los Angeles home at 8 a.m. Attempts to revive her were not successful. A spokesperson for Cedars Sinai Medical Center confirmed to PEOPLE that Murphy died at the facility Sunday at 10:04 a.m.

The actress's rep, Nicole Perna, said in a statement Sunday afternoon, "In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy."

In addition to The White Hotel and Clueless, the Atlanta-born Murphy costarred in 8 Mile with Eminem, and Girl, Interrupted, with Angelina Jolie. Her first Hollywood job, at age 14, was as the star of the series Drexel's Class.

In May of 2007, she married her White Hotel director, Simon Monjack.

She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Early reports state her mother found Britney in the shower unconcious. Simon evidently made the call to LAFD. Unsuccessful attempts to revive Britney using CPR were unsuccessful and was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The actress starred in such films as "Clueless," "8 Mile," "Don't Say a Word," and Black Book."

Before meeting the British writer-director, Murphy had been engaged twice. She split with best-boy grip Joe Macaluso in August 2006, and ended her engagement to Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO of the Hollywood talent agency The Firm, in 2004.

She previously dated Ashton Kutcher, her costar in 2003's Just Married.

On Sunday Kutcher Tweeted, "see you on the other side kid ... 2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon."

Condolences have been sent out by friends and colleagues:

Lindsay Lohan: "My deepest condolences go out to all of Brittany Murphy's loved ones& may she rest in peace....She was a great talent w/a beautiful soul xo"

Kim Kardashian: "I am in shock that [Brittany] Murphy has died! Clueless is my all time favorite movie. My prayers go out to her family & husband"

Khloe Kardashian: "OMG!!!! This is horrible news when anyone passes. I'm so sorry for her family. Send prayers out please!"

Jessica Simpson: "Brittany Murphy was an incredible ray of Light to so many people. Her smile was contagious. My prayers are with her family and loved ones."

Russel Simmons: "I met Brittany murphy before her star rose its tough to find peace in fame. I wish her peace and happiness in her next lifetime"

Alyssa Milano: "[Brittany] and I did a USO Tour together in 2003. [Love] She was a sweet soul, with a lot of talent and heart."

Hilary Duff: "RIP Brittany Murphy forever in our hearts"

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