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911 tape reveals efforts to revive Brittany Murphy

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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I am wondering where people can send condolences to Brittany's family?

Ya know all the media have done since her death is exploit her, and reveal hurtful information. As a person who has seen just about every Brittany Murphy movie I would really like all her supposed "hollywood friends" to put on some sort of memorial so the rest of us can respect, and celebrate her life. I found her death to be by far the saddest, most tragic of this past year. We had non stop Michael Jackson coverage, and yet nothing where we can pay respect to Brittany. She put smiles on many faces, especially those from my generation. Everyone loved Brittany, her amazing talent, her contagious laugh, her huge, caring heart, and the smile that could light up even the darkest room. She had the voice of an angel, and now she's one of them. Rest with the angels Brittany. Because of your faith in God we will see you again.

It was MURDER!!!

Easy there Beth, your comments make it sound as though she was Mother Teresa! (And if you ever watched King of the Hill, she did NOT have the voice of an angel!)

Now that she has passed away let's hope that she is resting in peace. She had her funeral with her family as it should have been. The rest of the people should go on with their lives because all you see on a movie or tv show is a character you did not know her in reality fans tend to get confused!

@Mark G. I wasn't trying to make her sound like mother Teresa, but at least show her some respect. If you listned to her sing in Happy Feet (somebody to love) or Little Black Book you would see she had an amazing voice. I'm not the biggest Brittany fan in the world. I didn't even realize how much of a fan I was until she passed. I guess because I do not keep up with stars that much, just watch their movies. Just saying she alwasy seemed like such a nice person, and talked several times about her faith in God. A lot of stars don't talk like that because it's probably not the popular thing to do. It certainly doesn't mean she was perfect, but she does deserve more respect than she has been getting. Releasing this 911 tape was in poor taste.

Clearly, the media is out of control. It's absolutely disgusting that this tape was "released." (More like stolen.) I didn't listen to it, but "tearful and frantic" indicates that it conveys in a stark manner the personal anguish of a family member while a loved one is DYING. PERSONAL!! GET IT?! And it's beneath the dignity of The Los Angeles Times to report about it. I'm cancelling my daily delivery of LAT. You're just another rag. Ugh.

Obviously releasing 911 tapes must be legal since every time a celebrity calls 911 it is played/exploited on the internet and other news media. Releasing these tapes should absolutely be made illegal and a HIPPA violation. This should be considered medical information, and I am appalled this is allowed to happen. Celebrities (or anyone) should not have to consider the fact that their 911 call is going to be played for all the world to hear when they have a medical emergency!

Maybe if she would eat a sandwich once in awhile.....im just saying.....The girl dropped 50 pounds since Clueless....

I believe that her ugly, conartist, freak of a husband killed her.
He probably put crushed up pain pills in those supposed herbal capsules to cause her to overdose.
Sure she may have been addicted to pain pills but if she had not married this freak she would probably be alive.
Many people on drugs take offense to being told someone they think is normal has conned them. This guy realized she had a weakness and took advantage of her. They looked like the most mismatched couple on the planet. I always thought Britney was very attractive and a great actress. In some of her last photos there is something wrong. She is clearly under weight and looks like a skeleton. This is just my opinion. I could be wrong and hope I am. God knows the truth.

Since many have asked...

Emergency calls to 9-1-1 are a presently considered a public record and must legally (at some point in time) be provided to those who request them.

Your Los Angeles Fire Department is required to provide such 9-1-1 recordings unless an active crime investigation or other (usually temporary) hold is in place.

The media however, has no requirement whatsoever to broadcast or publish them - but they were indeed entitled to that 9-1-1 recording under current California law.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Brittany Murphy was a human being who has passed away... not one of us walked in her shoes or lived in her home.. we do not know any facts, only the web based gossip..... don't people have any respect? Or morals? Just a lot of
gossip mongers.

MY SINCEREST CONDOLLENCES, Brittany was a beautiful soul and a beautiful face. She made her life in to a beautiful life on earth while she was her! Her beautiful smile and sweet personality will truly be missed! I am so sorry for you suffering at this time. Your life has changed however, you will heal the pain with time. But, she will be with you always in your heart and soul (parents and husband). Be kind and gentle with yourself now, it's not your fault! Brittany was old enough to make choices in life. I not suresher purpose ls wanting to die, either due to illness or some other source! You are all in my prayer at this difficult time!


From Rhonda S. again, I loved all her movies and please celebrate her life (all that she was)! Also totally disregard the media! Please be healthy and go on and live you life to the best of your ability. Your daughter would not want you to suffer. Remember her infectious smile and bright eyes that shined to heaven! MY SINCEREST THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU, Rhonda S

Be nice she was a daughter, sister, wife ..RIP

This was heartbreaking to read. It does seem weird that it's okay to release 911 tapes to the media though.


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