Brittany Murphy dies at 32; young Hollywood reacts

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Hollywood expressed its condolences Sunday after the death this morning of actress Brittany Murphy.Public wishes came from the likes of ex-beau and costar Ashton Kutcher, Eliza Dushku, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson (who called her ‘an incredible ray of Light'), Alyssa Milano, Fred Durst, Soleil Moon Frye and Kim Kardashian, among others.

Her ‘Clueless’ costar Alicia Silverstone told People that although the two hadn’t stayed in close touch, ‘I feel love in my heart for her -- and hope she is at peace. This is truly sad.’

Murphy, 32, had just recently talked to ‘Access Hollywood,’ touching on her return to work after a three-year break and on spending time with her family, and sharing her New Year’s resolution: ‘I’d love to have a child next year -- but that’s kind of a large one.’


Though foul play is not suspected, TMZ reports, Brittany’s death is being investigated, which means that despite screenwriter husband Simon Monjack‘s wishes to the contrary, an autopsy will be performed. Toxicology reports won’t be back for several weeks.

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Her family issued a statement Sunday: ‘In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.’

Brittany was, of course, known for her roles in projects such as ‘Just Married,’ ‘8 Mile’ ‘Happy Feet,’ and ‘Clueless.’ Her longest-running role? For 13 years, she was the voice of Luanne on ‘King of the Hill.’

The Ministry has two top Brittany Murphy moments -- the ones that created that soft spot we have for her in our heart -- though you may have your own from among her best-known roles. Remember, these are from a fan’s point of view, not a critic’s.

First: Her super-hot chemistry with Eminem in ‘8 Mile’ fairly jumped off the screen (you know the, ahem, interaction we’re talking about, and it’s not the scene at left, where they’re chatting). Yowza. If you saw that, you’ll never get Brittany out of your mind.

And second, our favorite (and we’re not alone): The party scene from 1995’s ‘Clueless,’ where as the crushing-on-a-boy Tai she did that little ‘rolling with the homies’ hand-dance and singalong. She was only 18 at the time, and beyond adorable.

We can’t find video of it except for one low-quality, non-synched version that someone clearly slammed up today to take advantage of the actress’ death, so we’re not going to post that. (Others online are jumping to various conclusions about Brittany’s cause of death, and we’re not going there just yet, either.)

G'head, play that ‘Clueless’ scene in your mind’s eye -- we dare you not to smile.

Sad stuff.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos, from top: Brittany Murphy poses with a penguin at the European premiere of ‘Happy Feet’ on Nov. 26, 2006. Eminem and Brittany in a scene from ‘8 Mile.’ Credits, from top: Max Nash / Associated Press; Eli Reed / Universal Studios.

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