Fanning: Brittany Murphy Had 'Child-Like Spirit'

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Dakota Fanning co-starred with Brittany Murphy on the set of "Uptown Girls" -- and despite their age difference, the actresses became fast friends.

See photos of Brittany throughout the years

"I got to know Brittany when we made the film Uptown Girls," Fanning, 15, said in a statement to E! Online. "We became great friends despite the fact we were many years apart in age."

Dakota was shocked to learn of Murphy's death -- and says she'll "miss her terribly."

Check out photos from the scene at Brittany's house on Sunday morning

"Brittany had such a warm child-like spirit that drew people to her. With her goes a piece of my heart and I will miss her terribly," Fanning says. "I know how strong Brittany's love was for her family and my heart goes out to all of them, especially her mother Sharon. I love you Brittany."

Murphy died Sunday morning at the age of 32.