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Brittany Murphy Documentary Exploring Her Tragic Death Officially Heading To HBO Max

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Brittany Murphy Documentary Exploring Her Tragic Death Officially Heading To HBO Max

HBO Max has ordered a new documentary that will investigate the circumstances around Brittany Murphy's death.

The actor, known for her roles in Clueless and 8 Mile died aged just 32 in 2009. At the time, her death was ruled as an accident, and the result of a combination of pneumonia and the effects of several over-the-counter drugs she had taken.

Her husband at the time, screenwriter Simon Monjack, died a year later from similar causes.

Brittany Murphy died in 2009 (Credit: PA Images)
Brittany Murphy died in 2009 (Credit: PA Images)
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Brittany's passing was a huge shock to Hollywood, which several pundits having previously speculated on the circumstances that lead to her death.

It was reported that Brittany's health started to decline when she caught a Staph infection while out filming in Puerto Rico in 2009.

The disease resulted in a case of laryngitis and anaemia, and while she reportedly intended to seek medical attention, she was pronounced dead in Cedars-Sinai hospital weeks later.

The two-part series will be made by Blumhouse Television and Pyramid Productions, which have previously been behind productions including Sharp Objects and Black Box.

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Speaking about the new series, executive vice president of HBO Max's non-fiction and live-action family programming, Jennifer O'Connell, explained: "Our Brittany Murphy documentary cuts through the tabloid noise with an elevated, nuanced depiction of a sensational story.

Brittany Murphy was well-known for her role in Clueless (Credit: Shutterstock)
Brittany Murphy was well-known for her role in Clueless (Credit: Shutterstock)

"Crafting a grounded account of Brittany Murphy's life struggles and sudden passing comes with great responsibility and we've partnered with a masterful creative team to produce a thoughtful examination of a tragedy that has long been cause for speculation."

The film is to be directed by Cynthia Hill, whose previous work includes Private Violence ­- a documentary film about domestic abuse. She said of the project: "I agreed to do this film because I think it's a shame that Brittany's promising life and career has been eclipsed by the circumstances of her death.

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"I think it's important to celebrate Brittany's talent as we struggle to explain the tragic circumstances of her and Simon's deaths."

Both Brittany and her husband's sudden death have been a cause for speculation (Credit: PA Images)
Both Brittany and her husband's sudden death have been a cause for speculation (Credit: PA Images)

Executive Vice President for Blumhouse Television Mary Lisio added: "Brittany Murphy was a rising star whose filmography includes movies that defined a generation.

"We thought her story warrants a deeper exploration, and examination into the environment that allowed her to become a victim of success. We're thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max, and to collaborate with a director like Cynthia Hill who takes a nuanced approach to complex stories about women and contemporary issues."

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Topics: Celebrity News, TV News, TV & Film, Documentary

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