Brittany Murphy’s autopsy reveals drugs in her system…Should we be shocked?

February 4, 2010

Probably not.  The shocking thing is that it might have been prevented…

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Coroner: Brittany Murphy died of pneumonia and prescription drugs

By Vicki Walker
Contra Costa Times

Posted: 02/04/2010 01:44:57 PM PST

Brittany Murphy died from pneumonia, but anemia and prescription drugs also played a role, Los Angeles County 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 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’s widower, Simon Monjack, previously told US magazine that his wife took the painkiller Vicoprofen and Fluoxetine, an antidepressant to treat menstrual cramps, as well as over-the-counter Robitussin for her last illness.

Murphy died Dec. 20 at age 32 after collapsing at her Hollywood Hills home, which she shared with Monjack and her mother, Sharon Murphy. Both told investigators the actress had been experiencing flulike symptoms in the days before she died.

Dr. Michael Baden, 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. “One doesn’t die of pneumonia, usually, that quickly.”

Assistant chief coroner Ed Winter told People magazine that Monjack said both he and Sharon Murphy were recovering from illness before Brittany Murphy “caught it.”

So if she died of pneumonia, then that is something that is treatable and preventable.   But, then to throw drugs on top of it, and you have a toxic combination that leads to death.  But, how do you live with your mom, if she is relatively young?  Stay off the prescription meds…I don’t take them unless I absolutely have to and then, I still try to not take them.

One Response to “Brittany Murphy’s autopsy reveals drugs in her system…Should we be shocked?”

  1. tophatal said


    Considering they also said that she also suffered with aortic arrhythmia . Nothing at all shocks me concerning her death. I merely look at it as just another tragic loss along the lines of Heath Ledger’s meaningless death and that Jets’ owner Woody Johnson’s daughter, also. She at the time was said to be involved with reality star Tila Tequila. So that should explain enough as it is. I wonder if Chargers’ player Shawne Merriman was tag-n-baggin’ both their as_ses ?

    Inquiring minds need to know ?

    Alan Parkins

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