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20 Northern Territory News, Tuesday, December 22, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 2 0 C O L O R : C M Y K Actress collapsed at her Hollywood Hills home ByCHRISTOPHERWEBER in Los Angeles She was just an absolute doll since she was born. Herpersonality was always outward. Everybody loved her Brittany Murphy dies at age 32 BRITTANYMurphy, the US actress who got her start in the sleeper hit Clueless and rose to stardom in 8 Mile before hermovie roles declined in recent years, has died in Los Angeles of what appeared to be natural causes, a Los Angeles County coroners official said. Shewas 32. Murphy (pictured)was pronounced dead at 10.04am local time (5.04amAEDT) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, hospital spokeswomanSally Stewart said. Murphywas transported to the hospital after the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call at 8am from the home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter SimonMonjack, in theHollywoodHills. Assistant Chief Coroner EdWinter saidMurphy apparently collapsed in the bathroom, and authorities were looking into hermedical history. An official cause of deathmay not be determined for some time, since toxicology tests will be required, but it appears to be natural, Winter said. He said an autopsywas planned for today. Winter saidMurphys family was co-operatingwith the coroners investigation but would not be releasing a public statement on Sunday. He said funeral arrangements have not been announced. Los Angeles police have opened an investigation into Murphys death, Officer Norma Eisenman said. Detectives and coroners officials were atMurphy andMonjacks home on Sunday afternoon but did not talk to reporters. Paparazzi were camped outside themultistorey home, located above the Sunset Strip. Messages left forMurphys manager, agent and publicist by The Associated Press were not immediately returned. Neighbour Clare Staples said she saw firefighters working to resuscitate the actress on Sunday morning. She saidMurphywas on a stretcher and looked as though she was dead at the scene. Murphys husband, wearing pyjama bottoms and no shoes, appeared dazed as firefighters tried to save her, Staples said. Its just tragic, she added. TMZ.com first reportedMurphys death on Sundaymorning local time. Murphys father, Angelo Bertolotti, said he learned of her death fromhis son, the actresss brother, andwas stunned. Shewas just an absolute doll since shewas born, Bertolotti said fromhis home in Branford, Florida. Her personality was always outward. Everybody loved her people thatmademovies with her, people on a cruise they all loved her. Shewas just a regular gal. He said he hadnt heardmuch about the circumstances ofMurphys death. Bertolotti divorced hermother when Murphywas young and hadnt seen Murphy in the past few years. He said he used to be in themob and served prison time on federal drug charges. Shewas just talented, Bertolotti said. And I loved her verymuch. BornNovember 10, 1977, in Atlanta, Murphy grew up in New Jersey and latermovedwith her mother to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Her career started in the early 1990swith small roles in television series, commercials andmovies. She is best known for parts inGirl, Interrupted, Clueless and 8Mile. Her on-screenwork had lessened of late, butMurphys voice gave life to numerous animated characters, including Luanne Platter onmore than 200 episodes of FoxsKing of the Hill andGloria the penguin in the 2006 featureHappy Feet. Rage against reality show goes online LONDON: An internet campaign to stop thewinner of Britains top television show fromonce again claiming the coveted ChristmasNo. 1 single spot has triumphed against the odds. US rapmetal band Rage Against TheMachines expletive-ridden 1992 hitKilling In TheName, which has lyrics about rebelling against control, saw off JoeMcElderry, the winner of this years The X Factor singing contest, in the battle for the festive top spot. A campaign on the social networkingwebsite Facebook was set up in a bid to stop studentMcElderrys version of The Climb frombecoming a fifth straight X Factor shoo-in for the Christmas single No. 1 slot. Killing In TheName soldmore than 500,000 copies in the past weekwhile The Climb sold 450,000.Killing In TheName is the first download-only ChristmasNo. 1, and achieved the biggest download sales total in a first week ever seen in the British charts. As we have seen in recent years, overhauling any X Factor winner in the race for the ChristmasNo. 1 is nomean achievement, said UKCharts Companysmanaging director Martin Talbot. The popular support we have seen for the record this week has been truly amazing. Rage Against theMachine vocalist Zack de la Rocha (pictured) told BBC radio: We are very ecstatic and excited about the song reaching the No. 1 spot. TV host sorry for retarded jibe AUCKLAND: A decision to uphold complaints about a NewZealand broadcasters description of singer Susan Boyle (pictured) as retarded has been welcomed by the organisation representing people with intellectual disabilities. State broadcaster TVNZ yesterday said its complaints committee upheld complaints about the remarksmade by Paul Henry on theBreakfast programonNovember 23, saying it breached standards of good taste and decency. TVNZ said Henry had apologised. Ralph Jones, the chief executive of IHCNewZealand representing those with intellectual disabilities said the organisationwas pleasedwith the decision andwith Henrys apology. Pauls apologywill make things easier for people with intellectual disabilities, who have been enormously embarrassed and offended bywhat he said, Jones said. Im pleased that TVNZs stance gives Paul some guidance as towhat is appropriate behaviour and language. Our goal was tomake TVNZ and Paul Henry realise that thewords they broadcast are extremely powerful and can affect how people feel.
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