EXCLUSIVE: Brittany Murphy Body To Be Autopsied

Dec. 20 2009, Published 1:30 p.m. ET

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An autopsy will be conducted as early as Monday on Brittany Murphy, has learned.

Murphy, 32, died suddenly Sunday morning after going into full cardiac arrest. She was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was officially pronounced dead.

An investigator from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office was scheduled to arrive at Cedars on Sunday afternoon to interview attending physicians. Brittany’s mother and husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack will also be interviewed, a coroner’s spokesperson tells

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A 911 was placed from Murphy’s home at 8:00 am Sunday asking for assistance.

The actresses representative issued this public statement: "In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy."

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Earlier in her career, Murphy was accused of having an eating disorder, which triggered rumors of cocaine use.  In 2005, Murphy denied the accusations, saying: “I have never tried it in my entire life. I've never even seen it...I am also way too high-strung. I can't even take a Sudafed. Can you imagine? My God. I think my heart would explode.”

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Murphy made headlines last month when her husband was rushed to the hospital after arriving on a flight to LAX from Puerto Rico.

Murphy is best known for her roles in “Just Married,” "Girl, Interrupted," "Clueless" and "8 Mile."

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