This year has been especially bad for celebrities…wouldn't you say? Natasha Richardson, Jade Goody, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Stephen Gately and now Brittany Murphy. And each time Twitter was inundated with updated-by-the-second morsels of info, trivia about the departed and of course tributes.

Actress Brittany Murphy's sudden death evoked a spate of heartfelt tweets by her peers.

Ashton Kutcher
wrote “2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon. See you on the other side kid.”

Other celebrities also took the stage to pay their respects and of course express their disbelief.

Jessica Simpson
“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.”

Lindsay Lohan
“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.”

Solange Knowles
“I can't. Not Brittany Murphy.”

Joseph Simmons of Run DMC
“Cherish ur loved 1's..James 4:14 says, 'We're only here 4 a little while.' R.I.P Brittany Murphy.”

Alyssa Milano

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

Eliza Dushku
“My heart aches having just learned of Brittany Murphy's death. We were friends time-to-time thru the yrs. I always admired her pure spirit. … Love & prayers.”

Tom Green
“RIP Brittany Murphy – She was always very nice to me, my friends, and family. Nicer than most. And a real funny gal.”

Frankie Muniz
“An old friend, Brittany Murphy has died this morning. RIP.. What a year…”

Twitter is emerging at breakneck speed to be the place to congregate, rant, pontificate, judge and of course the easiest way to be popular. A faithful following is just 140 characters away.

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