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Brittany Murphy remembered by friends

The late actress is remembered through friends and family.
The late actress is remembered through friends and family.
Photo: AP

      As an autopsy begins on the 32 year-old, friends reach out and remember the energetic actress. When word began to spread about the death of Brittany Murphy on Sunday, reactions ranging from shock to sadness also began to circulate.

Murphy’s Clueless costar Alicia Silverstone said, “I always felt connected to her as we shared a very special experience in our lives together.” Although the two “didn’t stay in close touch over the years” Silverstone is still “so saddened to hear this news.” She went on to tell PEOPLE “I feel love in my heart for her – and hope she is at peace.”

Other stars reached out by the social network Twitter. Ashton Kutcher, who dated Murphy while filming Just Married, tweeted, “2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon.”

Jessica Simpson tweeted. “Brittany Murphy was an incredible ray of light to so many people. Her smile was contagious. My prayers are with her family and loved ones.”

Fellow actress, Lindsay Lohan, also tweeted “My deepest condolences go out to all of Brittany Murphy’s loved ones & may she rest in peace…She was a great talent w/a beautiful soul xo.”

For everyone that knew Murphy, this sudden death came as a complete shock. During her last public appearance, on Dec. 3, she beamed for the cameras and gushed about her family. While walking the red carpet for the opening of Tt Collection’s Pop-up shop in LA, she told Access Hollywood, “I’ve been very blessed to have a really great loving husband…I spend more time with my family than anyone else in the world.” She even hinted at expanding her family as a part of her New Years resolution, stating, “I’d love to have a child next year.”

Many questions still remain concerning the young actress’ death. One thing that has been reported is that Murphy had been feeling ill several days before her death, reporting flu like symptoms. There were several prescriptions found at her house, and her family told the hospital that Murphy did take some medicine that morning. The autopsy began early Monday morning. 

Update: Murphy's autopsy came back normal, according to TMZ. The cause of death has been "deferred" pending other tests. The coroner will not determine cause of death until the other reports are submitted, in 4 to 6 weeks.