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Brittany Murphy Died of Pneumonia and Anemia, Coroner Says

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2010 1:25PM
Brittany MurphyAll of the speculation involving the death of actress Brittany Murphy can stop now. The coroner says that she died from pneumonia and anemia. The drugs that were in her system were all prescription drugs, including cramp medication, and over the counter (cough syrup). The medication she took didn't help things at all (she wouldn't have been as bad off if she hadn't take the medication while being sick) but the actual cause of death was the pneumonia and anemia.

Of course, this doesn't mean that she couldn't have been saved. TMZ is reporting that authorities at the coroner's office say that Murphy's death was "preventable" if only she had been taken to the hospital sooner. This is probably the part of the coroner's report that family and friends don't want to hear about.

According to the IMDb, Murphy had worked on two movies before she died, 'Abandoned' and 'Something Wicked.'

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Alicia Silverstone's Awkward Moment on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 26th 2010 2:30PM
Clearly, Sherri Shepherd eats to deal with grief.

In a supremely awkward moment from 'The View,' Shepherd asked Alicia Silverstone to share fond memories of Brittany Murphy, then proceeded to help herself to a plate of brownies while the actress told a story from 'Clueless.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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The TV Squad Podcast: Doctor Who, what to buy with holiday loot, Brittany Murphy, and more!

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 24th 2009 4:31PM
TV Squad logoMerry Christmas! In this pre-holiday podcast, Brad Trechak and Jason Hughes join me to talk about our favorite holiday episodes (think Festivus, folks), as well as the following:

  • Brittany Murphy's death and how it caused NBC to pull a SNL Weekend Update bit from a few weeks ago,
  • It's David Tennant's last days as Doctor Who, and we talk about his popular run and what's in store for his successor, Matt Smith,
  • What TV-related items you can buy with the handful of gift cards you received during the holidays,
  • How we might be watching TV during the next decade. Will the 30th season of The Simpsons be available telekinetically?
  • Ask TV Squad, Comment of the Week, our picks of the week, and more!

Run time is 1:14:14.

You can listen to the podcast below, or download from here or by subscribing to our RSS podcast feed. It is also available via iTunes. Feel free to leave us feedback in the comments or drop us a line at tvsquadpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com.

As usual, the music at the beginning and end of the podcast is "Life" by Justin Trawick. Note that we recorded the podcast on Monday, and my pick of the week -- Jay Thomas on Letterman -- has already aired. Huh. I figured they'd wait until at least Christmas Eve for that one.

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Actress Brittany Murphy Dead of Cardiac Arrest (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 22nd 2009 8:52AM
Fans are still reeling from news of the untimely death of actress Brittany Murphy, who collapsed and died of cardiac arrest in the bathroom of her Hollywood Hills home on Sunday. She was 32.

For full coverage on Brittany Murphy's death, visit PopEater.

Murphy was discovered by her mother and, despite efforts by paramedics, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to this report on 'Access Hollywood.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's Hot on Inside Movies: Remembering Brittany Murphy

by Jenny Hollowell, posted Dec 21st 2009 7:00PM
Today on Moviefone's Inside Movies:

-- We remember Brittany Murphy and the unique spirit she brought to her most memorable roles.

-- The details surrounding Murphy's death of cardiac arrest yesterday at the age of 32 are still developing. The LAPD has launched an investigation and an autopsy is underway.

More headlines after the jump.

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Brittany Murphy: Memorable TV Roles

by Andrew Scott, posted Dec 21st 2009 11:16AM
Brittany MurphyThough she was best known for her work on the big screen, Brittany Murphy did spend a good chunk of her career on TV, most notably as Luanne Platter on the Fox animated series 'King of the Hill' (more on that here).

Murphy, who died yesterday at the age of 32, filmed a number of guest appearances on various sitcoms like 'Boy Meets World, 'Sister, Sister' and 'Blossom.'

We compiled a few clips via YouTube. Check them out below.

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NBC pulls SNL sketch about Brittany Murphy

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2009 10:02AM
SNLSo by now you've heard the news about the death of Brittany Murphy yesterday.

In a case of odd timing, Saturday Night Live actually had a sketch just two weeks ago that made fun of Murphy's persona. Now, to be honest, I didn't really know Murphy outside of the movies she was in (such as 8 Mile), so this doesn't make any real impact on me. It shows Murphy as a bit off, a bit dazed. But again, I'm not even sure if I ever saw Murphy in an interview situation. NBC has pulled the video from the web because of Murphy's death.

However, Mediaite has video of the sketch. They also have video of an appearance Murphy made earlier this year on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Judge for yourself if it's accurate or not.

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Brittany Murphy on 'King of the Hill': The Best of Luanne Platter

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Dec 20th 2009 7:00PM
It wasn't her bare midriff, pouffy blonde bangs or dubious hairdressing talent that made Luanne Platter the lovable character she was for over a decade on 'King of the Hill.' It was that voice: part baby talk, part soft, somewhat Southwestern drawl, part simpleton and all Brittany Murphy.

In light of Murphy's sudden passing, let's take a moment to reflect on Luanne's place in the pantheon of animated characters.

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Remembering Brittany Murphy as King of the Hill's Luanne

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 20th 2009 5:11PM
You may have heard that Brittany Murphy died suddenly today at the young age of 32. Some of you may not know how connected she was to TV, considering most of her best-known work was on the big screen. She had a few roles in some short-lived TV series, but she's probably best known to TV fans for her work as Luanne on King of the Hill.

The role always seemed to be a perfect fit for her and it seems in the wake of her tragic passing that to her, the role was more than just a job.

She once told USA Today that the character was a mix of "Juliette Lewis in Kalifornia and Jessica Lange in Blue Skies." She also said that despite Luanne's ditziness and naive ways, she served as a great source of inspiration for her.

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The Daily Show: July 25, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 26th 2006 11:08AM
Jon Stewart"A Current Affair": NYC Mayor Bloomberg tried to calm the masses in Queens after Con Ed failed to finish repairs. Bloomberg praised Con Ed for what they had done so far, and the guy behind him was all like, "OMGwhutever." Ahh, that made me giggle. Nice poker face. This led to Jon's Camera Three talk, calling for the use of alternative energy sources. In fact, Camera 3 was an Eco-Camera 3000... Of course, it died halfway through Jon's speech. I like the steam-powered iPod they showed. I was going to make a "hot pocket" joke right here but I've decided against it. I'm lame enough as it is.

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Before They Were TV Stars: Ethan Suplee

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 14th 2006 3:44PM
Ethan SupleeHow do I know it's a holiday? When I find myself watching reruns of Boy Meets World on ABC Family (I usually have the YES simulcast of the Mike and the Mad Dog radio show on during the afternoons --  nice background noise while I do my work -- but they're off today). In the episode I watched, I saw a couple of people who would become future stars, ironically much bigger than any of the kids who were the stars of that show (I mean, has anyone heard from the person who played Topanga lately?).

One was Brittany Murphy, who played Topanga's best friend Trini. The second, and more surprising, find was Ethan Suplee, who currently steals every scene as Randy in My Name Is Earl. He played Frankie Stechino, half of a bully team that terrorized the school. It was tough to recognize Ethan at first, because he was much heavier back then (the episode was from 1995) than he is now. But I thought he was pretty funny; he put on a wiseguy accent and did a good job of being a "smart" thug. He and his partner, Joey the Rat, even did a nice little take on Reservoir Dogs. You could definitely see the comic potential in Ethan just from those scenes. Good thing he dropped some weight, though; he was unhealthily heavy back then. I can't imagine anyone else playing Randy, know what I mean?

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