LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Brittany Murphy died on Sunday morning, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has confirmed to Access Hollywood. She was 32. According to the Coroner’s Office, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Hollywood reported to them that an individual named Brittany Murphy died in the hospital on Sunday. A Cedars-Sinai spokesperson also confirmed to Access that the star was pronounced dead at their facility at 10:04 AM. A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman told Access that they responded to a 911 call made from the 1800 block of N. Rising Glen Road — the same street where the actress lives — at 8 AM on Sunday.
A rep for the actress also confirmed the news, telling Access Hollywood, “In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.” However, the star’s family later issued a statement of their own.
“The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy,” they stated to Access. “She was our daughter, our wife, our love and a shining star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this time.”
The LAPD confirmed to Access on Sunday that they have opened an investigation into the star’s death. LA County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told Access at a press conference on Sunday evening that her death appeared to be from natural causes. Just weeks ago, a smiling Brittany spoke with Access at the Tt Collection Pop-Up Party in LA on December 3, where she discussed her hopes for the coming year.
“As far as having a New Year’s resolution, I’d love to have a child next year,” she said at the time. “But that’s kind of a large one!”
The actress also spoke of her love for her family, whom she said she was very close to.
“I’ve been very blessed to have a really great loving husband,” she said. “I spend more time with my family than anyone else in the world”
Brittany rose to fame after a memorable role in 1995’s “Clueless.” She went on to star in such films as “8 Mile,” “Just Married,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Sin City” and “Riding In Cars With Boys,” among others.
She also made a splash in the music world with the track “Faster Kill Pussycat,” with Paul Oakenfold in 2006 – the track topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart that year. She also sang a pair of songs for the animated film “Happy Feet,” in which she was also a voice actress.
Brittany was married to screenwriter Simon Monjack, whom she wed in May 2007.