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Since her passing yesterday from cardiac arrest, actress Brittany Murphy’s friends are beginning to speak out about her struggle with a poor body image. 

Clueless director Amy Heckerling believes the problem may have originated from the set of their film:

“She seemed to go through a change on Clueless. Maybe she felt like she was not the, like, skinny, pretty girl, you know? And then the next few movies she was, you know, thinner, blonde … going out with Eminem and Ashton Kutcher.”

Another source said:

“A lot of her problems were due to poor self-image. She wore extraordinary amounts of makeup, tons of fake eyelashes, got her teeth capped, dyed her hair blonde, lost weight – she wanted to be a beauty. She didn’t want to be the fat girl from Clueless. She didn’t eat a lot. She would drink copious amounts of coffee.”

32-year-old Murphy was rumored to have troubles with drug abuse and eating disorders.  The authorities found several prescription medications in the actress’ home and she had been suffering from flu-like symptoms in the days leading up to her death. 

Murphy’s body is currently undergoing an autopsy, against the wishes of her husband Simon Monjack.  The autopsy will take four to eight weeks for toxicology results to come back with a final cause of death.


dj am diedAccording to TMZ, DJ AM has passed away.  Apparently he was found in his New York apartment around 5:20 p.m. and drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.

According to sources, DJ AM,  had not been seen or heard from for a few days — one of his friends went to check on him, but got no response after knocking on his apartment door.

After the friend called the police, they broke down the door and then found DJ AM’s body.

Back in September of 2008, DJ AM and Travis Barker survived a plane crash in South Carolina. Four people died in the crash — which was caused when the airplane aborted takeoff and then ran off the runway. DJ AM and Barker were the only survivors.

Story developing…

Calif. girl, 11, dies during lifeguard training

An 11-year-old girl participating in junior lifeguard training died after being hit by a boat on Tuesday.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept., Allysa Squirrell died at the hospital after being taken there with severe injuries.

The Laguna Hills girl was among two dozen junior lifeguards participating in a “speed drop,” which trains lifeguards to quickly reach swimmers in distress.  An autopsy is expected to be performed.

michael jackson cardiac arrestThe King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has died.

Jackson apparently went into cardiac arrest and received CPR in the ambulance on the way to a Los Angeles hospital.  According to the Los Angeles Times, he was reportedly not breathing by the time paramedics arrived.

The legendary singer was 50 years old. 

First Farrah and now Michael; it’s a sad day in Hollywood.  Our condolences to both their families.

UPDATE:  Jackson’s former publicist released this statement, “As someone who served as Michael Jackson’s publicist during the first child molestation incident, I must confess I am not surprised by today’s tragic news. Michael has been on an impossibly difficult and often self-destructive journey for years. His talent was unquestionable but so too was his discomfort with the norms of the world. A human simply can not withstand this level of prolonged stress.”


farrah fawcett last ritesAccording to Entertainment Tonight Farah Fawcett died this morning at 9:28 a.m. at the St. John’s Health Center in Los Angeles.

Last night, a priest was summoned to the hospital where 62-year-old Farrah Fawcett was being treated for anal cancer.  The Charlie’s Angeles icon had taken a serious turn for the worse and her loved ones reportedly gathered at her bedside Wednesday night.

“There was a moment last week when she was supposed to be released and was going home,” a source told “But things changed.”

So sad.  Our thoughts go out to her family.

tysondaughters_0_0_0x0_400x407Mike Tyson’s four-year-old daughter, Exodus Tyson, was taken off life support today after the paramedics were called to Tyson’s Phoenix home Monday morning when his 7-year-old son found the young girl hanging from a treadmill by its power cable.

Tyson’s family just released this statement:

There are no words to describe the tragic loss of our beloved Exodus. We ask you now to please respect our need at this very difficult time for privacy to grieve and try to help each other heal.

Absolutely heartbreaking.

Beatrice Arthur in 1988

Beatrice Arthur in 1988

Bea Arthur, an Emmy Award-winning actress best known as star of the hit TV comedy “Golden Girls,” has died at age 86, entertainment news websites reported on Saturday. 

Arthur died of cancer at her Los Angeles home, according to celebrity website TMZ.

So sad.  Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.