Though the first rumor was that Brittany Murphy died in her sleep, new reports claim that she was found unconscious in her shower after suffering cardiac arrest. Her husband, who happens to be writer-producer Simon Monjack, called paramedics, who transported the actress to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was pronounced dead on arrival.
RIP: Brittany Murphy
Though cardiac arrest is the initial suspicion, the LAPD aren't ruling anything out. Murphy has a long but not exactly dense portfolio of projects ranging from films, to music to TV shows. She kicked off her career with the television series Murphy Brown in 1991. She finally began to receive recognition with her role in 8 Mile and Girl, Interrupted. She even dated Ashton Kutcher for a bit back in 2003, which led to the two co-starring in Just Married.
Upon news of her death, Kutcher tweeted: "2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany's family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon."
While cardiac arrest might go down as the official cause of death, TMZ reports that prescription drugs combined with illness might have led up to the event. According to the site, Murphy was feeling ill with flu-like symptoms and was taking "a lot" of prescriptions. More news as it comes in.