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Brittany Murphy: Police Launch Investigation, Autopsy Scheduled
Authorities revealed yesterday that they did not suspect foul play in the sudden death of actress Brittany Murphy , 32, who appears to have died inside her Hollywood Hills home early Sunday morning. However, Los Angeles coroner's officials have scheduled an autopsy for tomorrow and the police are conducting an investigation, according to LA Now .
Murphy, who had recently denied rumors of cocaine use and anorexia, "was taking prescription drugs for medical ailments," but it is not known if "an underlying medical condition might have caused or contributed to her death." The actress collapsed inside the home she shared with husband Simon Monjack, a British screenwriter; some reports indicate he is the one who found her, while others name her mother, Sharon. A neighbor reports seeing the paramedics attempting to revive Murphy, who appeared deceased; she was transported to Cedars-Sinai, where she was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:04 a.m.
Earlier this month Murphy, who rose to fame Clueless , followed by well-received parts in Girl, Interrupted and 8 Mile , told Access Hollywood she would "love to have a child next year." Many remember the petite, Atlanta-born daughter of a self-professed "mobster" as being bubbly and sweet, including Clueless co-star Alicia Silverstone, who told People magazine yesterday : "I feel love in my heart for her - and hope she is at peace. This is truly sad." Ex-boyfriend Ashton Kutcher used Twitter to express his thoughts on his Just Married co-star's death: "2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany's family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon," followed shortly after by : "see you on the other side kid."
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.