Brittany Murphy’s death ‘natural causes’

American actress Brittany Murphy died of what appeared to be natural causes, a coroner’s official has said. She was just 32.

The actress, best known for roles in Clueless, 8 Mile and Just Married, reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest in her Hollywood Hills home. She was pronounced dead at 10am US time on December 20 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in LA.

The star’s representative, Nicole Perna, released the following statement: "In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy."

An official cause of death may not be determined for some time, since toxicology tests take several weeks, but "it appears to be natural", assistant coroner Ed Winter said.

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