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December 21st, 2009
07:28 AM ET

Actress Brittany Murphy dead at 32

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Actress Brittany Murphy was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m. PT, according to a spokesman at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was 32."]

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - Brittany Murphy, the bubbly, free-spirited actress who appeared in such films as "Clueless" and "8 Mile," died Sunday, apparently of natural causes, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said. She was 32.

Murphy was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m. PT Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Sally Stewart told CNN Radio.

An autopsy had not been scheduled as of Sunday night, but Captain John Kades, a spokesman for the coroner's office, told CNN that there was no sign of foul play or trauma. He added that it's not unusual for a younger person to die of natural causes.

The coroner's office is looking into Murphy's medical history. A final report could take up to eight weeks.

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the death, and robbery and homicide detectives will be at her home, LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said.

"The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy," her family said in a statement issued by her publicist. "She was our daughter, our wife, our love and a shining star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this time."

Funeral arrangements are pending, the family said.

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  1. Heather

    Has anyone took into account that a week before she died she had recieved the swin flu vaccine, maybe that is the reason why she had not felt good and had flu like symptons which she was in bed.

    December 23, 2009 at 3:06 am |
  2. cliff stewart

    That sade she was a gret lady and good actdress . all my prayer got out to hear famley. love cliffey.

    December 21, 2009 at 7:41 am |