Brittany Murphy was "very ill"

Authorities suspect star's death was "natural"

Brittany Murphy, the 32-year-old former star of Clueless and 8 Mile who collapsed at her home on Sunday, appears to have died of natural causes, a spokesperson for the L.A. County Coroner’s Office told the Toronto Star. “There are no signs of foul play or trauma,” Coroner’s Capt. John Kades said, adding that toxicology tests would be performed “as soon as possible.” According to celebrity website, the actress was “very ill” in the hours before her sudden death. “We’re also told authorities did not find illegal drugs in the house,” TMZ reported, “but Murphy was definitely taking various prescription meds.”

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