What Happened to Brittany Murphy?

The Clueless actress died yesterday at the age of 32.
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What Happened to Brittany Murphy?

The Clueless actress died yesterday at the age of 32.

-Kathy Campbell

Brittany Murphy

I was simultaneously surprised but, sadly, not shocked when I heard yesterday that Brittany Murphy had died of a heart attack at the age of 32. While the coroner’s ruling won’t be known for some days or weeks, part of me can’t help but wonder if the actress who played wide-eyed Tai in Clueless is yet another victim of Hollywood’s dark side.

After finding fame in 1995, she starred in films like Girl Interrupted, 8 Mile, Just Married and Uptown Girls, and while she had talent and oodles of energy to spare, some wondered if there was something bugging Brittany.


She dyed her dark hair blond and her lips suddenly looked plumper, but a bigger concern was her weight, which yo-yoed dramatically, prompting rumors of anorexia or cocaine addiction. Brittany denied the claims, telling Jane magazine in 2005, that she had never tried the drug in her entire life, adding, “I’ve never even seen it…. I am also way too high-strung. I can’t even take a Sudafed. Can you imagine? My God. I think my heart would explode.”

Whether the last part of that quote proves to be prophetic remains to be seen, but that hasn’t stopped Perez Hilton from drawing his own conclusions and warning Lindsay Lohan and Courtney Love to run, not walk, to rehab in order to avoid a similar fate. “Dear @LindsayLohan and Courtney Love, wake up!!!!” he Tweeted. “Please go to rehab again and GET IT TOGETHER before it’s too late! R.I.P. Brittany Murphy.”

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  1. My thoughts & prayers are w/the family..Brit just 32yr.old & w/Diabetes ..My husband lives w/diabetes and it nothing to take for granted &ignore,which I don’t know if she did that or that was the cause of death..Diabetes causes heart attacks…

  2. I loved her in Clueless, but her appearance changed so much after that. Maybe she was just trying too hard to get the right image. In any case, my thoughts are with her family.

  3. If she has a history of diabetes, I’m assuming it’s Juvenile Diabetes, or Type I, and that is hardcore on the body if not properly managed. It can definitely lead to death. Granted, no one knows until the autopsy reports come back. I have a weird feeling about the husband. I can understand some people just don’t want autopsies, but it just seems shady. I feel very sorry for her family. It’s a tragedy regardless.

  4. I agree with you. And no autopsy to see what happened to someone you love?? That is so strange, I am glad they are doing one anyway. I hate it when the young fall into the bad side of Hollywood, plastic surgery and all the weight yo yoing. It is sad. The picture of Jennifer Love Hewitt was a regular person. I think she looks better than anyone. Must be horrible to have all that they have and not love themselves more. Their normal regular self. And she just had her birthday last month and then for her family to lose her at all but just before Christmas. I am wondering what, if anything really went on. I always question if a older man gets involved with a younger woman. What is there in common? I think her husband should be looked into. That is just how I feel. She was a wonderful actress. My favorite was “Don’t Say A Word.”
    This is such a tragedy. Too much pressure to be bone thin and look at certain way. Thank goodness I am just a regular person. This is a very good article. Thank you!

  5. Can we stop speculating now? She was a beautiful soul and a brilliant actress. Does it matter how she died? The fact is she is no longer with us and throwing around rumors just doesn’t help anything. I don’t think its really our business how it happened. I’m very sad that she’s passed, I think she was an actress way ahead of her time and her star was about to start shining much brighter again. Her infectious laugh and beautiful smile will be missed.

  6. This is so very sad. She reminds me of Drew Barrymorwe. they both had a classic age that looks like they would never age. They are both so beautiful and I layed backed. Seemed liked a person you would want to know. God Bless her family their loss is so very devastating. As we as fans are also. :( Rest In Peace my sweet one.

  7. I loved her in Uptown Girls and a few others but it was my fave. She was such acute girl and I was shocked to hear she died. If it was anorexia, that is too sad because she was cute and this Hollywood size chart is outrageous. Seems these days to be an actress you must be willing to kill yourself to stay thin. Maybe its about time the big wigs realize what they are doing to these young actresses. Their deaths are on their hands if that is the case. And prescription abuse has become a national epidemic and not just in Hollywood. Regardless may she rest in peace and the world did lose a little bit of sunshine as put by Ashton Kutcher. So sad.

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