It’s been five years since Murphy died at the age of 32. The Los Angeles coroner determined the actress died of natural causes as a result of pneumonia. Five months after her death, Murphy’s husband Simon Monjack died from the same illness.
The Brittany Murphy Story depicts the close relationship between Murphy and her mother, Sharon, portrayed by Sherilyn Fenn. The story focuses on their shared ambition for the young actress, which culminated with her role in the 1995 cult classic Clueless.
“Her desperation for approval and insecurity about her looks makes her personal life a disaster,” Lifetime said in a statement. “Unlike other stage moms, Sharon was always her daughter’s support system, but that enduring love wasn’t enough to save her sensitive Brittany from the vicissitudes of Hollywood life.”
— PopCrush (@PopCrush) August 13, 2014
In November, Sharon published an open letter in The Hollywood Reporter, slamming her ex-husband for propagating rumors that her death was from anything other than from natural causes.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) August 6, 2014
“We will never know for sure,” Sharon wrote. “However, we do know the Los Angeles County Coroner did extensive tests and found that she died of natural causes. And now she is a real living angel in heaven.”
— VH1 (@VH1) August 13, 2014
19 July, 1995, saw the release of Clueless, it starred Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy & Paul Rudd pic.twitter.com/RPgn9Npbqj
— On This Day In Film (@onthisdayinfilm) July 19, 2014
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