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  • Murphy, Brittany(November 10, 1977 - December 20, 2009) Brittany was an outstanding actress and singer who starred in many top films, including Clueless, 8 Mile, Sin City, and soon to be released film, Abandoned. Brittany was also the voice of that wild and crazy Luanne Platter in King of the Hill. Brittany also join Paul Oakenfold in singing and performing the club hit song "Faster Kill Pussycat." Brittany private life included dating talented star, Ashton Kutcher; and engagements to several of her managers which later ended. In May 2007, she married British screenwriter Simon Monjack. On December 20, 2009, paramedics responded to a 9-1-1 call at her residence where they found unresponsive in her bathroom. She supposedly collapsed. Firefighters attempted to resuscitate Murphy on the scene. She was subsequently transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy was performed on December 21, 2009, with results being deferred until toxicology results are finalized. View the Death Certificate. Brittany is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.

  • Plato, Dana: (November 7, 1964 - May 8, 1999) Dana Plato was a talented actress who gained fame by playing the daughter, Kim Drummond, in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. She began her TV and movie career at a very young age appearing in different television commercials including those for companies such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Dole Foods. Dana played the part in Diff'rent Strokes until 1984 when she became pregnant and the show's producers felt her pregnancy did not fit in with the wholesome image portrayed by the show. After she was let go by the show, she started to transition into a different individual. She got breast implants and posed nude in Playboy, and then starred in a soft-core pornographic film, Different Strokes: The Story of Jack and Jill...and Jill. As her career spiraled downward out of control, she ended up out of work and eventually robbed a video store at gunpoint. She started to abuse prescription drugs, such as Valium, more and more. On May 7, 1999, Dana appeared on The Howard Stern Show, telling the audience of her financial problems and how she was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. She announced that she was engaged to her manager, Robert Menchaca, and that she and her fiancé were living out of the back of a recreational vehicle. On May 8, 1999, the couple stopped off at her fiancé's mother's place for a break, Plato decided to lie down inside her recreational vehicle parked outside the house and subsequently died of an overdose from Soma and Vicodin. Dana Plato was cremated following her death.

  • Richardson, Jiles (J.P.): (October 24, 1930 - February 3, 1959) Jiles P. Richardson, known to his fans as "The Big Bopper" was an outstanding young disc jockey, singer and songwriter and talented rock and roll star. The Big Bopper had taken time off from his disc jockey position to join Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and Dion and the Belmonts for the "Winter Party Party." On the morning of February 3, 1959 around 1 AM, The Big Bopper, along with Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly perished in an airplane crash as it was taking off from the Mason City, Iowa airport. The plane took off in a blinding snowstorm with the light plane crashing shortly after lifting off, killing everyone aboard. Ironically, the group's bus had previously broken down and Buddy Holly chartered a Beechcraft Bonanza plane to fly the group to their next destination taking Richardson and Valens with him. Richardson was ill that evening suffering from the flu, so Waylon Jennings had offered his airplane seat to Richardson so he didn't have to ride on the bus.  JP Richardson is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Beaumont, Texas. A formal autopsy was not done at the time; however, the cause of his death is listed as massive head and internal injuries as the result of the plane crash. In January 2007, The Big Bopper's son, Jay, had his body exhumed and autopsied by forensic anthropologist, Dr. Bill Bass, to lay to rest the controversy that his dad was able to survive the airplane crash and was shot instead. These rumors were unfounded as Dr. Bass stated that "There are fractures from head to toe. Massive fractures. ... (Richardson) died immediately. He didn't crawl away. He didn't walk away from the plane."

  • Smith, Anna Nicole: (November 28, 1967 - February 8, 2007) Vickie Lynn Marshall, also known as Anna Nicole Smith, was a prominent model and actress, who had a life surrounded by fame, glamour, and controversy, died unexpectedly of acute drug combination intoxification of Chloral Hydrate, Benadryl, and several benzodiazepines, including clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam, and oxazepam.

  • Smith, Steven Paul "Elliot":  (August 6, 1969 - October 21, 2003)  "Elliot" Smith was a former musician of the rock band, Heatmiser. Smith began his solo career in 1994. In 1997 he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery, "which was included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998. Smith suffered from depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction and on October 21, 2003, after an argument, Smith was found by his girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba, with a knife in his chest.  His cause of death is listed as "stab wounds to the chest," which are thought to be self-inflicted. 

  • Taylor, Sean:  (April 1, 1983 - November 27, 2007) Sean Taylor was a young and outstanding athlete and professional football player who was a free safety for the Washington Redskins. His death was ruled a homicide after he was shot during a home invasion. 

  • White, Reggie:  (December 19, 1961 - December 26, 2004) Reggie White was a former NFL defensive back, who played for several teams including the United State Football League, Memphis Showboats; and the National Football League Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Carolina Panthers. On December 26, 2004, Reggie was rushed to a local North Carolina hospital where he was pronounced dead. He suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia. The official cause of death was listed as cardiac and pulmonary sarcoidosis.

  • Wilkeson, Leon: (April 2, 1952 - July 27, 2001) Leon  Wilkeson was the former bassist for the Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Leon was found dead in his hotel room with the official cause of death listed as an accident caused by "complications of emphysema associated with positional asphyxia" with contributing factors of drug intoxication and liver cirrhosis.

 







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