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Brittany Murphy, the Hollywood actress who starred in the hit movies Clueless and 8 Mile, died in Los Angeles of what appeared to be natural causes, a coroner's official said. She was 32.

Ed Winter, an assistant chief coroner in Los Angeles County, revealed that Murphy apparently collapsed in the bathroom and that the cause of death "appears to be natural." He said that an official cause of death might not be determined for some time.

Find out more... Brittany Murphy, the Hollywood actress who starred in the hit movies Clueless and 8 Mile, died in Los Angeles of what appeared to be natural causes, a coroner's official said. She was 32.

Ed Winter, an assistant chief coroner in Los Angeles County, revealed that Murphy apparently collapsed in the bathroom and that the cause of death "appears to be natural." He said that an official cause of death might not be determined for some time.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call at 8 am on Sunday at the home that Ms. Murphy shared with her husband, Simon Monjack, a British screenwriter, in West Hollywood. Murphy was then taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10.04 am on Sunday, said Sally Stewart, a spokeswoman for the hospital.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Murphy apparently collapsed in the bathroom, and authorities were looking into her medical history. An official cause of death may not be determined for some time after toxicology tests have taken place but "it appears to be natural," Mr Winter said. An autopsy was planned for Monday or Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles police have opened an investigation into Murphy's death although detectives and coroner's officials at Murphy and Monjack's home did not talk to reporters.

Neighbours reported seeing firefighters working to resuscitate the actress on a stretcher but added that she "looked as though she was dead at the scene". They added that Murphy's husband, wearing pyjama bottoms and no shoes, appeared "dazed" as firefighters tried to save her.

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