When Brittany Murphy died suddenly Sunday morning (December 20), she left behind an impressive body of work and a lot of fans wondering what cut her life so short. Similarly, the Hollywood community and her own family spent the asking questions and mourning the 32-year-old actress.
“Brittany was one of the sweetest people you will ever meet,” “Scrubs” star Donald Faison said in a statement to MTV News regarding the actress, who co-starred with him in the 1995 hit “Clueless.” “She had the voice of an angel and a genuine heart of gold. I’m very happy to have known and worked with such a special person. My heart goes out to all of her loved ones.”
“I always felt connected to her as we shared a very special experience in our lives together,” another “Clueless” co-star, Alicia Silverstone, told People magazine. “I feel love in my heart for her — and hope she is at peace. This is truly sad … I loved working with Brittany. She was so talented, so warm and so sweet.”
Others stars took to a familiar, very modern way of expressing grief at a time like this, posting messages on Twitter.
“Never met her, but sad to hear about Brittany Murphy,” Kevin Smith tweeted Sunday afternoon. “G’night, Ms. Murphy; hope you’re rollin’ with the homies someplace nice.”
“Known her since we were kids. Very sad … I’m shocked,” “Less Than Perfect” actress Sara Rue wrote. “Hold the ones you love close today. Xoxo.”
“Meet the Barkers” star Shanna Moakler tweeted. “R.I.P Brittany Murphy. Too young.”
“So saddened about Brittany Murphy,” wrote actress Diora Baird. “There’s not too many broads that can make you laugh, but she was one of the top in my eyes.”
Musician Josh Groban took a more judgmental tone with his Twitter statement: “Hollywood loses another bright soul. … How many more?” he asked. “A decade of decadence and devastation. Time to wake up.”
“So sad: Brittany Murphy has died,” tweeted film critic Richard Roeper. “Did some fine work in ’8 Mile’ and ‘Sin City’ and (chilling title now) ‘The Dead Girl.’ ”
“Had a great meeting with Brittany Murphy for ‘The Nines,’ ” writer/director John August wrote, remembering his 2007 Ryan Reynolds film that she auditioned for but was not cast in. “She was truly cool, and I rooted for her comeback.”
“RIP Brittany Murphy,” “Slither” writer/director James Gunn echoed. “She was a very nice girl and this is sad as hell.”
Although Murphy was working on various projects at the time of her death, she had most recently been seen playing a government seismologist in the earthquake thriller “Megafault,” which was released on DVD last month. Her director on that film, David Michael Latt, spoke to MTV about Murphy’s humanity. “Brittany approached every day on set with smiles and a cheery attitude. She made it a point to meet everyone in the crew and thank the fans that came to set,” he explained. “I remember one instance when she heard that a young man just came back from two tours in Iraq. She went up to this soldier and thanked him for his service, took some pictures, and gave an autograph — even though she was in the middle of a very emotional scene.”
Finally, Murphy’s father — Angelo Bertolotti of Branford, Florida — told The Associated Press that he is “broken up” by his daughter’s death. “She was just a regular girl,” he said. “[She was] an absolute doll.”