Brittany Murphy's Family: "She Was A Shining Star"

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Following Sunday's death of Brittany Murphy at age 32 and a whirlwind of headlines, the actress's family has released a new statement to

"The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy. She was our daughter, our wife, our love and a shining star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this time."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

After being rushed by paramedics from the L.A. home she shared with husband Simon Monjack, the star (Clueless, 8 Mile) was pronounced dead at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 10:04 a.m. Sunday.

The L.A. County Coroner's Office plans to perform an autopsy in the next coming days.