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Brittany Murphy Died From…

Posted by Media Outrage on February 4, 2010

The coroner’s report says Brittany Murphy died from the following:

Brittany Murphy died from pneumonia, but anemia and prescription drugs also played a role, coroner’s officials said Thursday.

The primary cause of death was community-acquired pneumonia, with contributing factors of iron deficiency anemia and “multiple drug intoxication,” according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The death was ruled accidental.

Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey declined to specify what types of drugs were involved but said they were all prescription medications. Details about the drugs the “Clueless” and “8 Mile” star had in her system will be released in several weeks when a complete report is done.

Murphy died Dec. 20 at age 32 after collapsing at her Hollywood Hills home. Her mother and husband have said the actress didn’t abuse prescription medications or have an eating disorder.

Attempts to reach them for further comment were not immediately successful Thursday.

Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, and mother, Sharon Murphy, told investigators the actress had been experiencing flu-like symptoms in the days before she died.

Monjack told The Associated Press last month that his wife did take several prescriptions, including an anti-seizure drug, but did not abuse the medications.

He said she had been taking over-the-counter Robitussin for her recent sickness.

A memorial for a foundation in Brittany Murphy’s name that had been planned for Thursday was abruptly canceled with no explanation.

Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner in New York City, said the coroner’s determination indicated drugs probably played a key role in Murphy’s death.

“If she died of pneumonia, that cause of death is a natural cause,” Baden said. He said the use of some prescription medications can lead to pneumonia, and that the coroner’s office may have listed that as the primary cause to lessen the blow to Murphy’s family.

“It sounds more like it’s a drug-related than a natural pulmonary pneumonia,” said Baden, who did not work on the Murphy case but has served as an expert witness in numerous high-profile deaths.

He said the quantities and types of drugs Murphy was taking is key to understanding how she died, as well as how recently she saw a doctor.

“One doesn’t die of pneumonia, usually, that quickly,” Baden said. He also said downplayed the role anemia may have played in Murphy’s death.

11 Responses to “Brittany Murphy Died From…”

  1. Ms. Behave said

    Oh the high price of fame… i remembered Brit in ‘clueless’ and how ‘chubby’ she was and how she quickly lost weight thereafter, putting her in the ‘mainstream’, i was worried when i saw how ‘waifish’ she looked and apparently, there was reason for my worry, oh so SAD. RIP Brit!😦

  2. Ms. Behave said

    I see Drugs and lip injections alone, by just looking at that pic above😦 What a waste… of talent and life.

  3. ucanb2 said

    RIP

  4. BadBadKitty0727 said

    “multiple drug intoxication” means OVERDOSE. Say it with me people – OVERDOSE. Baden got it right. He know. He straight out said pneumonia kills you quick and doubts that anemia played a role. SHE OVERDOSED ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – THE BEST SHIT OUT THERE.

  5. Ms. Behave said

    “If she died of pneumonia, that cause of death is a natural cause,” Baden said. He said the use of some prescription medications can lead to pneumonia, and that the coroner’s office may have listed that as the primary cause to lessen the blow to Murphy’s family.

    “It sounds more like it’s a drug-related than a natural pulmonary pneumonia,” said Baden.

    So in essence, she lost too much weight leading to anemia, which inturn caused her to take prescription drugs ( including an anti-seizure drug)- which she later abused, that cause the pnuemonia, which killed her.

  6. Ms. Behave said

    CAUSE and EFFECT, sorry brit, but sounds like SUICIDE to me -accidentally.

  7. Kanyade said

    Sadness. I’ll always remember her in “Clueless” one of the cutest, funniest teen flicks ever🙂

  8. In my mind I still feel her husband had something to do w/ this especially since he didn’t want an autopsy.

    I know anemia can cause weight loss and the low iron prob didnt help the pneumonia, but did that condition really have to come into play.

  9. Nina said

    Why are they trying to cover up what is so obvious? She died from a drug overdose, she was a druggie. I guess the truth hurts.

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