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How Did Brittany Murphy Die? A Look Back At Her Tragic Death 11 Years Later


More than a decade after her passing, the world still misses Brittany Murphy. As we remember the late ‘Clueless’ star, look back at her legacy and heartbreaking death.

Eleven years after Brittany Murphy’s death, and her passing still has left an impact. Born in Atlanta and raised in California, the woman best known for her star-making performance in Clueless died at the young age of 32 in 2009. Though Brittany died of pneumonia, she was dogged by rumors of drug use and eating disorders in the lead-up to her death, which only muddied the nature surrounding her untimely passing. However, it’s clear that the world lost a shining talent with her passing.

How Brittany Murphy Passed Away

Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack died on December 20, 2009. The young actress had collapsed in the bathroom of her Hollywood Hills mansion around 8 a.m., according to The Hollywood Reporter’s detailed account of her final hours. The Clueless star was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but it was all in vain. She was pronounced dead at 10:04 am, according to The New York Times. At first, an assistant chief coroner for Los Angeles County said that her cause of death “appears to be natural,” but no more information was immediately available. An autopsy was performed a day after she died, and her death certificate listed her cause of death as “deferred.”

At the time of Murphy’s death, the actress was actually taking care of her mother, Sharon Murphy, and her husband, Simon Monjack. Sharon, a breast cancer survivor, was suffering a debilitating neuropathy, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s detailed account of Brittany’s last day. Simon – a screenwriter who had been suffering seizures for nearly a year before Brittany’s death – was recuperating from suffering an apparent heart attack a month earlier.

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