People.com Entertainment Movies Dakota Fanning Remembers 'Ray of Sunshine' Brittany Murphy 8 Years After Costar's Sudden Death Dakota Fanning shared a sweet tribute to her Uptown Girls costar Brittany Murphy By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 14, 2018 12:17 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Dakota Fanning shared a sweet tribute to her former costar Brittany Murphy on Friday, over eight years after Murphy’s shocking sudden death. The 24-year-old actress posted a shot of her and Murphy in their 2003 film Uptown Girls, which tells the story of a childish woman (Murphy) who starts nannying a mature 8-year-old girl (Fanning). “Brittany Murphy was a ray of sunshine that made every day of filming magical for me,” Fanning wrote on the flashback post. She added the hashtag “#uptowngirls” with a sunshine emoji. Snap Stills/REX/Shutterstock Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Murphy remains best known for Clueless (1995)and 8 Mile (2002) with Eminem, but also costarred in Girl, Interrupted (1999) with Angelina Jolie, and led the romantic comedies Little Black Book (2004) and Just Married (2003) — the latter in which she starred alongside her real-life boyfriend at the time, Ashton Kutcher. The Atlanta-born star also made a splash on the music scene with DJ Paul Oakenfold via their single “Faster Kill Pussycat,” which became a club hit and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2006. Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage Brittany Murphy — Inside Her Sudden Death at 32 That Still Confounds Hollywood On Dec. 20, 2009, Murphy collapsed in the bathroom of her Hollywood Hills home and died after battling flu-like symptoms for a few days. She was 32. The L.A. County coroner concluded that Murphy died as a result of pneumonia combined with anemia and “multiple drug intoxication” from prescription and over-the-counter medication. “She was really sick with pneumonia, very anemic, and she was taking medication,” Coroner Asst. Chief Ed Winter told PEOPLE at the time, “and all that combined killed her.” Mark Sullivan/WireImage RELATED VIDEO: From Tiny Taken Star to Fierce Fashionista: Dakota Fanning’s Changing Looks Just five months after Murphy’s death, Murphy’s mom Sharon found Murphy’s husband Simon Monjack dead at 40 in the same bedroom where her daughter died. His cause of death read exactly the same as his Murphy’s — a case of pneumonia and anemia. As news of her death broke, her fans, friends and costars began sharing tribute messages to the late star. One of the most heartfelt came from Kutcher. “[Today] the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out [to] Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon. See you on the other side kid,” he wrote on Twitter.