News: Eminem "8 Mile" Co-Star Dies, Medical Complications Suspected

Sunday, Dec 20, 2009 4:00PM

Written by Biz Jones

Brittany Murphy, the actress who starred alongside Eminem in 8 Mile, has died today after being found unconscious at home by her mother.

Details on her passing began to circulate online Sunday morning.

Brittany Murphy died of cardiac arrest early Sunday morning, after her mother had found her unconscious in the shower, according to a report by TMZ. The actress was 32. It is reported that a call went out to 911 from Murphy's Los Angeles home at 8 a.m. Attempts to revive her were not successful. A spokesperson for Cedars Sinai Medical Center confirmed to PEOPLE that Murphy died at the facility Sunday at 10:04 a.m. (People)

An exact cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Police sources emphasized that their inquiry was preliminary, adding they could not say whether it would point to any criminal conduct. L.A. city firefighters responded to "a medical request" at the home in the 1800 block of Rising Glen Road. Murphy was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. (Los Angeles Times)

She is widely known in the hip-hop world for her on-screen time with Eminem.

Her role in "8 Mile" led to more recognition, Murphy told The Associated Press in 2003. "That changed a lot," she said. "That was the difference between people knowing my first and last name as opposed to not." Murphy credited her mother, Sharon, with being a key to her success. "When I asked my mom to move to California, she sold everything and moved out here for me," Murphy told the AP in 2003. "I was really grateful to have grown up in an environment that was conducive to creating and didn't stifle any of that. She always believed in me." (Associated Press)

Murphy's Just Married co-star Ashton Kutcher sent his condolences on Twitter.

After a few hours of incoming tweets, Kutcher finally broke his silence, tweeting: "2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany's family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon." He followed that up with a second tweet immediately after:"see you on the other side kid." (Huffington Post)

Check out Eminem & Brittany Murphy together below:

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