Report: Brittany Murphy Was “In and Out of Consciousness” on Recent Film Shoot

By: Celebuzz / December 20, 2009

As the world still struggles to absorb the tragic death of Brittany Murphy in Los Angeles on Sunday at the age of 32, details are beginning to emerge about the last troubled days of the Clueless actress.

The Wrap reports that, in addition to being replaced by Twilight actress Rachelle Lefevre for undisclosed reasons in the upcoming thriller The Caller a couple of weeks ago, Murphy exhibited troubling behavior on the set of another recent film.

A production insider for the yet-to-be-released horror-thriller Something Wicked reveals that Murphy was “barely there” for the Oregon shoot of the independent film, which is slated for release next year. The source says that Murphy was barely able to film her scenes, would lose focus mid-sentence while filming, and would “go in and out of consciousness between takes.”

The source adds that Murphy’s character, a therapist to the two main characters, had to be rewritten due to her erratic behavior.

Murphy was found in a state of cardiac arrest by her mother at the actress’ Los Angeles home early Sunday morning, and was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 10:04 a.m.

According to TMZ, Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, stated at the hospital that he preferred that an autopsy not be performed, but the Los Angeles Country Coroner’s Office  is expected to perform an autopsy, and police are expected to launch an investigation into the actress’ death.