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Brittany Murphy: Friends and colleagues remember her

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Alicia Silverstone, who starred in the 1995 film Clueless with Brittany Murphy, released a statement about Murphy’s death, telling People: “I always felt connected to her as we shared a very special experience in our lives together. I feel love in my heart for her—and hope she is at peace. This is truly sad.” The actress, who admitted to losing touch with Murphy over the years, said she “loved working with [Murphy]. She was so talented, so warm, and so sweet.”

In an email to EW.com, Curtis Hanson, who directed Murphy in 8 Mile, said, “After seeing Brittany read for the part in 8 Mile, it was impossible to think of anybody else for the role.  Brittany had a unique and electric talent.  She was also a very special person…a gentle and vulnerable soul, whose emotions were very near the surface.”

Matthew Lillard, who recently shot the film Shrinking Charlotte with Murphy, said in a statement, “I loved her.  She was effervescent and lit up the world while she was here.  A sweetness and honesty that will be sadly missed.  It’s tragic another incredible actor has left us way too early.”

Other celebrities and friends posted their condolences and memories on Twitter.

Ashton Kutcher tweeted,  “2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon.”

Jessica Simpson tweeted, “Brittany Murphy was an incredible ray of Light to so many people. Her smile was contagious. My prayers are with her family and loved ones.”

Alyssa Milano tweeted, “Brittney Murphy and I did a USO Tour together in 2003. She was a sweet soul, with a lot of talent and heart.”

Lindsay Lohan tweeted, “My deepest condolences go out to all of Brittany Murphy’s loved ones& may she rest in peace….She was a great talent w/a beautiful soul xo”

Fred Durst tweeted, “RIP Brittany Murphy. What a sweet human being. My prayers are with her friends and family.”

Soleil Moon Frye tweeted, “am beyond words by the loss of Brittany Murphy. I was so blessed to know your grace. My heart goes out to your mama+ loved ones.”

Kathy Najimy tweeted, “wrked w/& knew Brittany 4 14 years (& plyed her mom once as well) sweetst most talnted angel who got hked up w/ wrng people. we love u brit. so sad this is truly a waste. feeling regret we didnt’ do more. i love you so much Brittany and always will.”

Mena Suvari tweeted, “I’m just sooo devastated now☹. Found out Brittany Murphy died earlier this morning & I’m shocked. We worked together & I knew her for yrs. She was an amazing person, an amazing actress & so full of life. I ALWAYS admired her in SO many ways. May you rest in peace…”

Keep checking EW.com for more reactions from Brittany Murphy’s friends and colleagues.

More on Brittany Murphy’s life and career from EW:

Brittany Murphy dies at age 32

Brittany Murphy: 10 roles we’ll remember

From the PopWatch archive:

Brittany Murphy: Is that you singing backup on _____? (2006)