Article by Peter Saroyan of Star Struck Extreme
When one talks of hip-hop, one cannot help but think of the sharp, thoughtful and intense lyrics of Eminem evident through his music, and rather vividly in the movie 8 Mile, which was a semi-autobiographical account of his life in poverty in Detroit before he rose to fame.
Now if you have watched the movie, then you would have noticed that the role of Alex Latorno was played by Brittany Murphy as Eminem’s girlfriend. However, while Eminem continues to forge ahead with his music, Brittany Murphy is not with us anymore.
The 32-year-old ‘Girl, Interrupted’ actor who collapsed in her shower in full cardiac arrest could not be resuscitated by paramedics, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 10:04 A.M.
Her mother had informed the paramedics that she was a diabetic while TMZ reported that she had flu like symptoms for days and was vomiting heavily around the time that she died. With prescriptions around the house, her friends were worried that her addiction to the prescription painkiller Vicodin (which Michael Jackson was on as well) was completely out of control after undergoing plastic surgery.
While the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the ‘cause of death’, a coroner has so far speculated that the cause of her death was ‘natural’. Her husband, Simon Monjak, has requested that no autopsy be conducted despite the apparent mystery that surrounds her sudden and tragic death.
Perhaps, Brittany is no more, but her work in over 25 Hollywood films will remain etched in the memory of her fans and fellow actors. And perhaps Ashton Kutcher’s tweet, “See you on the other side, kid”, couldn’t be more fitting a tribute to the tragic end of a ‘shining star’.