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Coroner: Murphy died of natural causes

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LOS ANGELES, CA (NBC) A Los Angeles County coroner ruled that actress Brittany Murphy died of natural causes as tributes from friends and family poured in for the fallen young actress they knew as a "shining star."

Murphy, 32, collapsed in the shower of the West Hollywood home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, on Sunday and was pronounced dead two hours later at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her death "appears to be natural," assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said.

Cops are investigating the "Clueless" starlet's sudden death. An autopsy is planned for today or Tuesday reportedly against the wishes of Murphy's hubby, Monjack, who told hospital staff he didn't want one performed, according to TMZ.

The Hollywood stunner's weight loss in recent years sparked rumors of eating disorder or drug use, which she denied. She reportedly suffered from flu-like symptoms and was vomiting in the hours before her death, according to TMZ.com. Meanwhile, friends and family showed an outpouring of support for the young starlet.

"The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy," her family said in a statement to Usmagazine.com. "She was our daughter, our wife, our love and a shining star."

Murphy's ex-boyfriend Ashton Kutcher, who co-starred with her in "Just Married," Tweeted, "see you on the other side kid ... 2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany's family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced, he said. The actress' estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, told The Associated Press he learned of her death from his son, the actress's brother.

"She was just an absolute doll since she was born," Bertolotti said. "Her personality was always outward. Everybody loved her, people that made movies with her, people on a cruise,  they all loved her. She was just a regular gal."

Murphy was best known for her roles in "Clueless," "Don't Say a Word" and "8 Mile." She also lent her voice to Fox's "King of the Hill" and played Gloria the penguin in the animated feature "Happy Feet."

The starlet also dabbled in music, collaborating in 2006 with superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold on the club hit, "Faster Kill Pussycat." She recently returned to making movies after a three-year break and told Access Hollywood that she and her husband, Monjack, hoped to start a family in the coming year. She is due to appear in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming film, "The Expendables," set for release next year.

Alyssa Milano, who went overseas with Murphy to boost soldiers' morale, Tweeted: "Brittany Murphy and I did a USO Tour together in 2003. She was a sweet soul, with a lot of talent and heart." Frankie Muniz, Kathy Najimy and Jessica Simpson were also among other stars who tweeted their reaction's to Murphy's death.

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