Brittany Murphy’s Clueless Costars Alicia Silverstone, Donald Faison Talk About Star’s Death, “Spark”

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Brittany Murphy's Clueless costars Alicia Silverstone, Donald Faison and Breckin Meyer look back on working with the late star in the 1995 teen film as new poisoning rumors surround her 2009 death  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Brittany Murphy will forever be rollin’ with her homies. Amid continuous reports that the late actress may have been a victim of poisoning when she passed away in 2009, Murphy’s former Clueless costars have opened up about the loss of their friend in a throwback feature in’s Vulture. While discussing the memorable house party scene in the Amy Heckerling directed 1995 classic, Alicia Silverstone, Donald Faison, and Breckin Meyer recalled Murphy’s “spark” and acting talent.

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“I love when Brittany Murphy does her little ‘rollin’ with the homies.’ It’s so sweet. She was so special for that role and just adorable and lovely and brilliant,” Silverstone, 37, said during the Vulture interview. “It’s so weird to think she’s not around anymore. It seems very abstract.”

In the film, Murphy played Tai, a new high school student with a bad wardrobe who best friends Cher (Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) take under their wing. At one point, the three girls end up at a party in the Valley where Tai sings and gestures to Coolio’s “Rollin’ With the Homies” after getting hit in the face with a clog.

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“She had that spark, you know what I mean?” Faison, 39. said. “I honestly believe that’s why everybody remembers the song because one, she’s so cute when she sings it. Two, you didn’t expect that voice to come out of that girl when she sang. So when she does that line, it’s like, ‘Holy cow, she can sing?'”

“She was amazing,” Meyer, who played Murphy’s onscreen love interest Travis, added. “She was so sweet and so much fun, especially that character in Clueless. It continues to suck that she’s not here.”

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The Clueless cast in 1995 Paramount/Everett Collection

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So sweet, and just like a sister. “We never actually kissed,” Decker, 39, continued. “At the end of the movie I’m supposed to give her a kiss at the wedding scene, but because Brittany was always so close to me and like a sister, you’ll see in the movie that I just kiss her on the top of the head.”

Murphy died suddenly at the age of 33 on Dec. 20, 2009. Four years later, the cause of her death is still under debate in some corners. Her long-estranged biological father, Angelo Bertolutti, recently suggested that Murphy was poisoned. Her mother Sharon Murphy, however, told The Hollywood Reporter in November that such claims are “madness” and “lies.”

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