On December 20, 2009 – some 14 years after she exploded onto our screens as the naive but endearing Tai in the aptly-named Clueless – Brittany Murphy collapsed in the bathroom of her Hollywood home, passing out in the arms of her mother Sharon.
Her big smile, wide eyes and distinctly recognisable voice from years on film would be lost, her future stolen, her life ending at just 32.
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It would make headlines and the world would reel. Her death would be ruled an accident – the Coroner’s report citing pneumonia, anaemia and prescription drugs as causing an “accidental death” from “natural causes.”
The headlines would come and go, but the confusion would always linger. And every few months, her story resurfaces.
After all, five months after Murphy’s death, her husband Simon Monjack would eerily die in near identical circumstances. The questions came quickly and never stopped: Were they related? Was it a coincidence? Was there more to their deaths than the public was ever told?
Ten years on, Brittany Murphy’s death continues to confound Hollywood. This is why.