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Brittany Murphy is dead. I haven't seen her in any films since Just Married, and haven't really liked too many of her films aside from Sin City. But still, I think it is a true testament to someone's appeal if you like them despite having a low opinion of the projects they work on. And I did, I really did like Brittany Murphy. I still held out a bit of hope that she could one day play Harley Quinn in the sequel to the Dark Knight, but now she's gone just like Heath Ledger. An odd parallel.
There's not a lot that I can say about the circumstances of her death, because in truth I really don't know much. I've heard whisperings of drugs and when you talk about actors it should never be a shock if drugs are in play. But what I will address is some of the reaction around RT. People on forums have called her a bad person because of her alleged drug use. They have defamed her character, and have belittled the good wishes of others who hate to have seen her gone. I know that I have no recourse for something like that but I really cannot stand it when people sit behind a keyboard and hand down judgement on others. Liking and disliking movies is one thing, but we need to hold ourselves to higher standard when speaking of the dead.
Yes, if her cardiac arrest was caused by a cocaine overdose then it is her fault. There is no denying that. But people chastise "spoiled Hollywood brats" and all of their "fake problems" while glossing over a simple truth: this woman was so unhappy with her life that she injested as much of a dangerous drug as she could. If your religion leaves no room in heaven for such people, then so be it but the callous judgement to me is unhumanistic and reflective of an unforgivable lack of humility. Of course it may not have even been caused by an overdose, in which case so many have shown their ugliest side for no reason at all.
Ms. Murphy was a talented, charasmatic, sexy presence who never got a chance to truly hit her stride. I think we're all worse off without her.
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