Family: Brittany Murphy was ill days before death - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Family: Brittany Murphy was ill days before death

Posted: Updated:

LOS ANGELES – Brittany Murphy's family said the actress was ill with flulike symptoms in the days before her death and prescription medications were taken from her home, the Los Angeles coroner's office said Monday.

The 32-year-old star of films such as "Clueless" and "8 Mile" died Sunday morning after collapsing at her Hollywood Hills home. Paramedics tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said they will conduct an autopsy Monday to try to determine what killed the actress, and said her death appeared to be from natural causes. He said the reported illness could have contributed to her death, but it will be weeks before a final determination is made.

Toxicology tests will be performed, and officials will contact her personal physician to get a better sense of Murphy's medical history, Winter said.

Neighbor Clare Staples said she saw firefighters working to resuscitate the actress Sunday morning. She said Murphy was on a stretcher.

Murphy's husband, wearing pajama bottoms and no shoes, appeared "dazed" as firefighters tried to save her, Staples said. "It's just tragic," she added.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

"The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy," Murphy's husband and family wrote in a statement. "She was our daughter, our wife, our love, and a shinning star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this difficult time."

Murphy moved to Los Angeles with her mother, Sharon, in the early 1990s. Her career started with small roles in television series, commercials and movies, but her part in "Clueless" led to larger projects.

She is best known for parts in "Girl, Interrupted" and "8 Mile," and also voiced the character Luanne Platter for more 200 episodes on Fox's animated series "King of the Hill."

Her role in "8 Mile" led to more recognition, Murphy told AP in 2003. "That changed a lot," she said. "That was the difference between people knowing my first and last name as opposed to not."

She married British screenwriter Simon Monjack in 2007.

Murphy's father, Angelo Bertolotti, said he learned of her death from his son, the actress's brother, and was stunned.

"She was just an absolute doll since she was born," Bertolotti said from his Branford, Fla., home. "Her personality was always outward. Everybody loved her — people that made movies with her, people on a cruise — they all loved her. She was just a regular gal."

He said he hadn't heard much about the circumstances of Murphy's death. Bertolotti divorced her mother when Murphy was young and hadn't seen Murphy in the past few years.

"She was just talented," Bertolotti said. "And I loved her very much."

___

AP writer Matt Sedensky in Miami contributed to this report.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

  • Entertainment NewsEntertainment NewsMore>>

  • WH insists Trump's no racist as he vilifies another minority

    WH insists Trump's no racist as he vilifies another minority

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-08-14 04:26:09 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:37 PM EDT2018-08-15 16:37:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, center, is flanked by White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, left, and  then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson as he speaks ...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, center, is flanked by White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, left, and then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson as he speaks ...
    Just like old times: Trump and Omarosa spar over whether he used the N-word, other allegations in her new book. 
    Just like old times: Trump and Omarosa spar over whether he used the N-word, other allegations in her new book. 
  • Correction: People-Aretha Franklin story

    Correction: People-Aretha Franklin story

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 12:38 PM EDT2018-08-14 16:38:41 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:36 PM EDT2018-08-15 16:36:42 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File). FILE - In this July 26, 2010 file photo, soul singer Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait in Philadelphia. Stevie Wonder visited an ailing Aretha Franklin at her home in Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Franklin’s public...(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File). FILE - In this July 26, 2010 file photo, soul singer Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait in Philadelphia. Stevie Wonder visited an ailing Aretha Franklin at her home in Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Franklin’s public...
    Stevie Wonder, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Aretha Franklin's ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home in Detroit on Tuesday. 
    Stevie Wonder, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Aretha Franklin's ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home in Detroit on Tuesday. 
  • News 8 Throwback: Celebrity sightings around San Diego through the years

    News 8 Throwback: Celebrity sightings around San Diego through the years

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 10:27 AM EDT2018-08-15 14:27:01 GMT

    Whether as the backdrop for a film or the location of a television special, San Diego has sparkled on screens big and small over the years.

     

    Whether as the backdrop for a film or the location of a television special, San Diego has sparkled on screens big and small over the years.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.