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Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack
November 10, 1977 - December 20, 2009
 


 

Brittany Murphy was an inspirational and talented actress and singer whose career was cut short with her unexpected death.  Brittany was born in Atlanta, Georgia and later moved to Edison, New Jersey and was raised by her mother.

At the age of four, the young and talented Brittany started training for her acting and singing career. At the age of 13, she moved to California where she starred in the sitcom Drexell's Class. At the age of 20, she made her Broadway debut starring in A View From The Bridge

She was in a band called Blessed Soul with fellow actor Eric Balfour in the early 1990s. On June 6, 2006, Murphy and Paul Oakenfold released the single "Faster Kill Pussycat", from the album A Lively Mind. The song became a club hit, and hit number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Brittany was a talented actress and starred in several films such as Clueless, Just Married, Girl Interrupted, Spun, 8 Mile, Uptown Girls, Sin City, Happy Feet, and Riding in Cars with Boys. She was also the voice of the sensitive and airheaded character, Luanne Platter on the animated TV series King of the Hill.

Brittany's personal life of the screen was filled with several relationships. In 2002, she dated Just Married co-star, Ashton Kutcher. She was engaged to her former talent manager, Jeff Kwatinetz; in addition to Joe Macaluso , a production assistant from the film Little Black Book. In May 2007, she married Simon Monjack, a British screen writer. They were married up until her death in December 2009.

On the morning of December 20, 2009, paramedics were called to Brittany and Simon Monjack's home after she collapse in her bathroom. Paramedics and firefighters performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation unsuccessfully. Murphy was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:04AM.

Brittany's cause of death was initially deferred until toxicology testing was completed. Although multiple drugs were found in Brittany's system, including  "elevated levels" of hydrocodone, acetaminophen, L-methamphetamine and chlorpheniramine, these drug were legal and were not directly correlated to her death. The primary cause of death was listed as pneumonia; however,  "the possible adverse physiological effects of elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state."

The official cause of death on the autopsy report is ruled accidental and listed as " due to pneumonia complicated by anemia and multiple drug intoxication." Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack  is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California.

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