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Brittany Murphy Suddenly Died 11 Years Ago at 32 — Inside Her Last Days

Mabale Moloi
Dec 22, 2020
01:50 A.M.
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On December 20, 2009, shockwaves rang through Hollywood, following the death of Brittany Murphy aged 32. Her death has been shrouded in mystery for years, as the days leading up to her passing have been outlined.


Actress, Brittany Murphy died on December 20, 2009, after enduring flu-like symptoms. She collapsed in her mother, Sharon Murphy's arms, while in her bathroom.

At the time, the coroner had ruled Murphy's death a mishap, citing pneumonia, an iron deficiency, and the mixture of prescription and over the counter medication. Her husband, Simon Monjack, died 5 months later under similar circumstances.

Brittany Murphy and husband, Simon Monjack at the Motorola 9th Anniversary Party on 8 November, 2007 in Hollywood California. | Photo: Getty Images.


Murphy had been caring for her husband Monjack ( married 2007) who was plagued by seizures, and her mother, Sharon, a breast cancer survivor who required Neurotherapy in their Hollywood Hills home. The family had plans to move to New York.

According to Monjack, The "Clueless" star enjoyed spending time listening to music, trying out cosmetics, and writing in her journal in the very bathroom she lost her life in, having cried out to Sharon on the day died:

“Mommy, I can’t catch my breath. Help me.”


6 weeks before her death, Murphy had traveled to film "The Caller" In San Juan, Puerto Rico with Monjack and Sharon in tow. Murphy was reportedly let go of after just one day of filming and spent an additional 8 days on vacation.

Monjack and Sharon got sick from the staphylococcus bug while there. On their flight back to LAX, Murphy had administered CPR on Monjack after he suffered what he called a heart attack. Staphylococcus was the main bug that led to Murphy's death.

Monjack had reportedly wanted a book to be written and dedicated to his late wife, detailing how Hollywood had shunned her.


According to Monjack, the demise of Murphy's career had left her in tears leading up to her death. She was fired as a voice actor from "Happy Feet 2" and "King Of The Hill." She also got dropped from "The Expendables."

Monjack had reportedly wanted a book to be written and dedicated to his late wife, detailing how Hollywood had shunned her, leading to her death, caused by heartbreak. This never happened. He said of Murphy following her death:

“I lost my life. She was my best friend, and she was a little girl who wanted her husband right there. What do I have left?"


Murphy's acting career began at age 9 in a regional theatre, followed by her Broadway debut in 1997. Her breakout role was landing the role of Tai in 1995's "Clueless."

Before marrying Simon Monjack in 2007, she was engaged to Jeff Kwatinetz and Joe Macaluso. She had also previously been linked romantically to the actor, Ashton Kutcher.


This past May, The Investigation Discovery documentary, released "Brittany Murphy: An ID Mystery." The documentary, in part, brought into focus the questionable media excursion Monjack and Sharon embarked on following the death.

The LA County coroner had at that time called Murphy's death, devasting, saying it could have been prevented had Murphy sought medical attention for her ailment. Monjack fired back at Corona, saying he hadn't known she had pneumonia.