Actress Brittany Murphy has died of a heart attack. She was 32. TMZ broke the news, per usual, reporting that her husband made the 911 call. LA firefighters responded, performing CPR after she collapsed in the shower at her West Hollywood home. She was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest at Cedar Sinai Medical Center.
Murphy had suffered a string of career setbacks. In late November, she was replaced by Rachelle Lefevre on the set of her most recent movie, The Caller, which was shooting her Puerto Rico. She was described as disruptive, while her rep cited “creative differences.” And after Murphy was cast in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables, her role was later written out. UPDATE: The Wrap reports that the actress was “barely there” during filming of Something Wicked, citing excessive drug use.
Most recently the actress starred in the noirish thriller Across the Hall, which opened in limited release December 4. In her last successful outing, she voiced Gloria in 2006’s animated film Happy Feet. She appeared in Robert Rodriguez‘s Sin City and will be best remembered for her turns in 8 Mile, Clueless, Riding in Cars with Boys and her breakout performance in Girl, Interrupted in 1999. According to Flickchart, her best-liked films were Sin City, Clueless and Girl, Interrupted.
Many of those attending the Independent Spirit Awards in 2003 remember her spectacularly inept reading of her cards as a presenter. While Roger Ebert was enchanted, thinking she had improvised brilliantly, most of us were aghast at a glimpse of an actress not entirely in control.
Several upcoming indie prods starring Murphy are in the can: Abandoned opposite Dean Cain, and Darin Scott’s Something Wicked. Neither lists a distributor at this time.