I’ve been in a bit of a morbid headspace due to recent events. So, when Twitter lit up with Brittany Murphy RIP tweets, I’m not proud of it, but I popped over to TMZ to see what happened. I made the correct assumption that TMZ would have the most up-to-the-minute info on anything really depressing and dismal involving bad things happening to a celebrity.
TMZ in fact was updating every few minutes with stuff like UPDATE 4:07 PM ET — A rep for Murphy tells TMZ, “In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.” They followed this up with paparazzi photos of Brittany Murphy’s grieving husband coming back home from the hospital, after his wife had been pronounced dead. Here is where it gets kind of hilarious. If you have a very very very dark sense of humor.
The stated cause of death for Brittany Murphy was cardiac arrest. Because she was a talented actress, it was common assumption, after her star turn in the meth addict movie Spun, that she was a big ol’ druggee. See Robert Downey Jr.’s performance in Less Than Zero for the classic example of this phenomenon. I think that, if I managed actors, I would tell only untalented ones to ever play drug addicts in films.
Brittany Murphy has also long been rumored to have struggled with anorexia. Less mean-spirited people seem to give credence to this, than to the cocaine and methamphetamine rumors. Brittany Murphy often appeared painfully thin and one of the dangers of anorexia is the strain it puts on the heart. She also confirmed in many interviews that the reason she steered clear of Hollywood’s powder rails, even for role research, was having a congenital heart murmur called mitral valve prolapse.
So TMZ posts photos of the widower Simon Monjack on his lawn and there are like twenty pages of incredulous posts from “fans” who just can’t believe someone as beautiful and talented as Brittany Murphy could have married a fat guy. Wow. I wonder why, in a world like that, anyone could have problems with anorexia. It is funny because it is so awful. Hollywood Haunted Tours has added Brittany Murphy’s house to the list of stops on their tour of supa dupa fun celebrity death-related sites.