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911 tape reveals efforts to revive Brittany Murphy

January 8, 2010 |  6:48 pm

A 911 recording released today recounts relatives’ tearful and frantic efforts to revive actress Brittany Murphy after she was found collapsed in the bathroom of her Hollywood Hills home Dec. 20.

“My daughter’s passed out ... they’re doing mouth to mouth ... please get here,” the actor’s mother, Sharon Murphy, tells an emergency dispatcher in the eight-minute tape.

On the recording, which was released by the Los Angeles Fire Department, a distraught Sharon Murphy can be heard sobbing and wailing as she relays the dispatcher’s instructions for performing CPR to Brittany Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack.

“She was dizzy. She couldn’t walk right. She had a cold,” Sharon Murphy tells the dispatcher.


Monjack had apparently begun giving his 32-year-old wife mouth-to-mouth resuscitation when Sharon Murphy called 911. In the tape, the dispatcher walks the pair through first aid efforts once again to ensure they are giving aid correctly.

Among other instructions, the dispatcher tells the pair to clear the actress’ airway of food and other obstructions.

"She just threw up tons of stuff. Tons and tons of water," Sharon Murphy says.

At one point, an anguished Sharon Murphy calls out to her daughter, "Brittany, please come back!"

It remains unclear if an underlying medical condition might have caused or contributed to Brittany Murphy’s death, according to officials. Murphy, who appeared in "Clueless" and "8 Mile," was taking prescription drugs for medical ailments at the time, authorities said.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has completed an autopsy, but will not rule on an official cause of death until toxicology test results are completed in a month or more.

 Funeral services were held for the actress Dec. 24 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

-- Monte Morin

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