A year after her death, Alex Ben Block details her struggles to revive her once-promising career -- and, for the first time, shares his interviews with her late husband and mother. [Editor's Note: In Nov. , Brittany Murphy's father requested a new toxicology report that suggested that his. Nov 10, · The world was shocked when Brittany Murphy suddenly died right before Christmas in But what happened? American actress Brittany Murphy's shock death at the age of 32 was not caused by drugs, the LA coroner said yesterday. Miss Murphy, who had a wild reputation and was allegedly hooked on tranquilisers, died of a heart attack yesterday. She was found unconscious at 8am in the shower by her mother at.