Brittany Murphy Dies of Cardiac Arrest (VIDEO)

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Actress and singer Brittany Murphy passed away suddenly this morning at the age of 32.  Reports indicate that she died of cardiac arrest.

At 8 a.m. this morning, a 911 call was placed from the Los Angeles home of the actress after Murphy's mother found her unconscious in the shower.  She reportedly told paramedics that her daughter had a history of diabetes.  They found her in full cardiac arrest when they arrived at the scene.

After unsuccessful attempts to revive Murphy, she was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m., upon arrival at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center.  According to the L.A. County Coroner, a death investigation will be launched, including an autopsy, despite strong objections by the deceased woman's husband.  See POLICE PHOTOS here.

Murphy married British screenwriter Simon Monjack in 2007 -- the couple had no children.    Her rep released a brief statement from Murphy's family: "In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support.  It is their wish that you respect their privacy."

Past boyfriend Ashton Kutcher wrote this message on his Twitter account today: "See you on the other side kid...2 day the world lost a little piece of sunshine.  My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany's family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon."

Murphy's estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, told the AP, "She was just an absolute doll since she was born...Her personality was always outward.  Everybody loved her very much."  The former mob member served prison time on federal drug charges and hasn't seen his daughter in several years, according to US magazine.


View more photos and video of Brittany and her husband below.

Photos:  WENN