The night before her sudden Dec. 20 death at age 32, Brittany Murphy "had consumed some noodles, leftover Thai food, Gatorade, water and tea with lemon," according to notes from an investigator with the Los Angeles coroner's office.
Her frail frame at the Dec. 3 opening of Tt Collection's Pop-Up shop in Los Angeles caused many to wonder whether she suffered from an eating disorder. Her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, denies she had any issues, and her designer pal Tiffany Saidni tells the New York Post the short black dress she wore to the Dec. 3 event was "a size 2," the same size the actress wore when they met eight years ago.
Still, Murphy's Clueless director Amy Heckerling recalls how the actress "seemed to go through a change" after shooting the 1995 comedy. "Maybe she felt like she was not the, like, skinny, pretty girl, you know?" Heckerling told entertainment blog AndTheWinnerIs. "And then the next few movies she was, you know, thinner, blonde, you know, at MTV Awards and all sorts of things like that, and going out with Eminem and Ashton Kutcher, and, you know, suddenly got more into that whole glamorous scene ... I think she felt the pressure to become a different sort of commodity to survive in show business, and I think it was awful."
Hecklerling said Murphy "could have done anything" had she lived.
"I think she did a few things after Clueless, you know, before she, sort of, tried to be more of a glamorous girl," said Hecklerling. "I mean, she certainly, you know, had talent and could have done a lot of things. She could have, as she got older, been a wonderful character, too. She had 'acting chops,' as they say, and, you know, she could have gone on for as long as she wanted."