Brittany Murphy (November 10, 1977 – December 19, 2009) is an American actress and recording artist. She has starred in films such as Just Married, Clueless, Girl, Interrupted, 8 Mile, Sin City, The Dead Girl, Uptown Girls, Riding in Cars with Boys and Spun. Murphy died December 19, 2009 of cardiac arrest. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Murphy's parents divorced when she was two. She was raised by her single mother, Sharon Murphy, in Edison, New Jersey, and later Los Angeles (her father, Angelo Bertolotti, is a convicted mobster).Murphy's mother is of Irish and Eastern European descent, and her father is Italian American. She was raised a Baptist and attended a Lutheran school, but is now a non-denominational practicing Christian.
When she was nine years old, Murphy landed a singing role in a musical version of Les Misérables, and had signed on with a manager by the time she turned thirteen. Her mother, Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer when Murphy was 15. She survived after having a double mastectomy.
She was 32.
A 911 call was made at8:00 AM from a home in Los Angeles that is listed as belonging to her husband, Simon Monjack,the Los Angeles City Fire Department tells TMZ.We're told Murphy was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival.Read more
I loved her in Clueless, Don't Say A Word, 8 Mile.... Its interesting because I hadn't really seen her on the scene lately but I loved her bubbly personality and cute face. Simon Monjack, who knew she was married? Hmmmmm.... Maybe that is where she had been hiding :)
FYI- What is cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest is the sudden, abrupt loss of heart function. The victim may or may not have diagnosed heart disease. It's also called sudden cardiac arrest or unexpected cardiac arrest. Sudden death (also called sudden cardiac death) occurs within minutes after symptoms appear.
What causes cardiac arrest?
The most common underlying reason for patients to die suddenly from cardiac arrest is coronary heart disease. Most cardiac arrests that lead to sudden death occur when the electrical impulses in the diseased heart become rapid (ventricular tachycardia) or chaotic (ventricular fibrillation) or both. This irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Some cardiac arrests are due to extreme slowing of the heart. This is called bradycardia.
Other factors besides heart disease and heart attack can cause cardiac arrest. They include respiratory arrest, electrocution, drowning, choking and trauma. Cardiac arrest can also occur without any known cause.