Actress Brittany Murphy Died

Zadius Sky

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It's indeed a sad news.

It was posted on SoTT yesterday:

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/199320-32-Year-Old-Actress-Brittany-Murphy-Dies-of-Cardiac-Arrest

Now there are reports about her death may have been resulted from the prescription drugs.
 

Beau

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I thought she was great in the movie Clueless, a really funny high school movie from the 90s, and in 8 Mile as well. Looks like she did herself in, but didn't seem to have anyone around her to help either. :(
 

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I stumbled upon an article where it said that she was possibly battling anorexia, I can't seem to find it now. She was looking way too skinny.
 

knowledge_of_self

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Psyche said:
I stumbled upon an article where it said that she was possibly battling anorexia, I can't seem to find it now. She was looking way too skinny.

Yeah I heard the same thing on the news. The news was saying that apparently her friends were saying she was showing "flu signs". And for some reason her husband is refusing an autopsy. But I found it convenient that the news kept trying to spin the fact that she died due to cardiac arrest that were right after "Flu signs!!!!"

She also did Lu-Anne's voice in King Of the Hill-- one of my favorite cartoons :(

EDIT

Here is a recent article on this..
_http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Celebrity/brittany-murphys-death-remains-mystery/story?id=9391769

From ABC news
Unnatural Causes? Brittany Murphy's Death Baffles

By COURTNEY HUTCHISON and MONICA NISTA
Dec. 22, 2009



The death of actress Brittany Murphy could have been related to a previously undetected heart condition, type-2 diabetes, or even Murphy's rumored thyroid problems, but experts said it's unlikely there was anything "natural" about the cause of her tragic death.

The 32-year-old actress, once considered a rising star in Hollywood, died Sunday after suffering cardiac arrest at her home. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 10:04 a.m.

Murphy's autopsy had been concluded as of 5 p.m. ET Monday, Chief Coroner Ed Winter told ABC News.com. Winter said it will be four to six weeks before laboratory results are in and the official cause of death can be determined.

Winter confirmed that several legal prescription medications – all made out to Murphy – were recovered from her apartment and taken in as evidence.

"No foul play is suspected," Winter said and he told the Associated Press that the cause of death "appears to be natural."

When ABC News contacted experts in toxicology and cardiology concerning Murphy's death, however, they agreed that the circumstances surrounding Murphy's death did not point to natural causes.

"I don't know how in the world [the coroner] can say that," said Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who has been involved in investigations of past celebrity deaths.

"Epidemiologically, it's not the kind of a situation in which you would expect a natural death," he said. "You just don't expect a 32-year-old, slender woman to have a heart attack or stroke."

Dr. Steve Nissen, chairman of the department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, agreed, saying that for a woman of her age to die suddenly of cardiac arrest "is exceedingly uncommon."

Wecht said that reports that she suffered from cardiac arrest does not offer much in the way of a clue to the cause of death:

"Cardiac arrest...that's meaningless, everyone has cardiac arrest when you die, the question is what produced cardiac arrest."

Murphy's family told Winter that the actress was ill with flu-like symptoms in the days before her death, and Winter admitted the reported illness could have contributed to her death, though it will be weeks before a final determination is made.
 

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Deedlet said:
Psyche said:
I stumbled upon an article where it said that she was possibly battling anorexia, I can't seem to find it now. She was looking way too skinny.

Yeah I heard the same thing on the news. The news was saying that apparently her friends were saying she was showing "flu signs". And for some reason her husband is refusing an autopsy. But I found it convenient that the news kept trying to spin the fact that she died due to cardiac arrest that were right after "Flu signs!!!!"

I found the article: _http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/21/brittany-murphy-anorexia_n_399443.html

In her last pictures she was looking very very skinny. In that weakened frame either drugs or a flu could be indeed a deadly combination.

edit: Here is another article: _http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/21/brittany-murphys-weight-e_n_399891.html
 

knowledge_of_self

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Psyche said:
Deedlet said:
Psyche said:
I stumbled upon an article where it said that she was possibly battling anorexia, I can't seem to find it now. She was looking way too skinny.

Yeah I heard the same thing on the news. The news was saying that apparently her friends were saying she was showing "flu signs". And for some reason her husband is refusing an autopsy. But I found it convenient that the news kept trying to spin the fact that she died due to cardiac arrest that were right after "Flu signs!!!!"

I found the article: _http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/21/brittany-murphy-anorexia_n_399443.html

In her last pictures she was looking very very skinny. In that weakened frame either drugs or a flu could be indeed a deadly combination.


Indeed, if she did have the flu there is no saying that it would not have been a factor in her death since she has nothing in her body to battle the flu virus. It is just sickening that we live in a society where someone with millions of dollars would die of malnutrition.
 

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I was also sad and surprised to hear of Brittany's death.

Heimdallr said:
I thought she was great in the movie Clueless, a really funny high school movie from the 90s, and in 8 Mile as well.

Me too.

It seems that her only "nutrition" came from prescription drugs:

According to TMZ the medications and empty prescription bottles that were found in Brittany Murphy's bedroom were: "The medications included Topamax (an anti-seizure medication also used to prevent migraines), Methylprednisolone (an anti-inflammatory), Fluoxetine (a depression medication), Klonopin (an anxiety medication), Carbamazepine (which treats diabetic symptoms and bipolarism), Ativan (an anxiety medication), Vicoprofen (a pain reliever), Propranolol (a hypertension medication, used to prevent heart attacks), Biaxin (an antibiotic), Hydrocodone (a pain medication) and vitamins"

I was reading something yesterday about her problems starting after her marriage, and that her husband did not want an autopsy after her death. I can't find the news items now, i'll look again tomorrow.
 
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there is a rumor on Russian blogs that the day before her death Brittany Murphy was among the guests at a certain Russian oligarch's private party, where drugs were freely available.

either way, hers was not a natural death, it just doesn't happen like that. :cry:
 

knowledge_of_self

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Just updating this thread with this article I just read.

_http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100120/entertainment/us_people_brittany_murphy

Brittany Murphy's mom and husband say drugs didn't kill her; they plan star's legacy
Wed Jan 20, 1:20 AM

By Anthony Mccartney, The Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES - A month after her sudden death, Brittany Murphy's mother and husband say they are convinced the actress died of natural causes, not drugs or an eating disorder.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sharon Murphy and Simon Monjack said that Murphy did not use drugs or alcohol and that they are awaiting a determination from coroner's officials that will end speculation prescription medicine caused Murphy's death on Dec. 20 at age 32.

Monjack said some of the prescription medications found in the couple's Hollywood Hills home belonged to him.

Murphy had mitral valve prolapse, a common condition where a heart valve does not properly close, but doctors said the actress "would live a long and healthy life," Monjack said.

"She had a fear of dying," Sharon Murphy said. "She would not take too much caffeine. She wouldn't even have a glass of champagne on New Year's. She was just high on life, and people see that as something else I guess.

Murphy, the star of varied films such as "Clueless," "8 Mile," "Sin City" and the television series "King of the Hill," was buried in a private funeral on Christmas Eve. At the service, Monjack told mourners that the actress was his best friend and soul mate, sentiments he repeated during the Tuesday interview.

Monjack, who married Murphy in 2007, said police and coroner's officials have not contacted the family to say his wife's death was from anything other than natural causes.

Authorities continue to investigate her death but do not suspect foul play. An autopsy was inconclusive and coroner's officials are awaiting the results of toxicology and tissue tests before determining what killed the actress.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Tuesday that he had not seen Murphy's autopsy report, but the condition of her heart would be looked at before her cause of death is determined.

Sharon Murphy described the wait for answers as torture. "We wish we knew," she said.

"She was alive one minute and she was dead the next," Monjack said.

The pair worked frantically to save Murphy's life the morning she died, as revealed in a heart-wrenching emergency call where Sharon Murphy implores, "Brittany, please come back!" as Monjack performs CPR.

Sharon Murphy said she has largely ignored tabloid reports that have suggested her daughter abused drugs or had an eating disorder. She said her daughter had always been petite and ate often, but burned it off with an active lifestyle.

Monjack, who has read some of the reports, called them lies based on anonymous sources who weren't close to Brittany Murphy or him. He said he is considering suing some British outlets for "outright fabrications."

He said the rumours of her drug use were unfounded and had cost his wife roles in some major films.

He said he is also considering whether to sue the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department over an initial report that was obtained by celebrity Web site TMZ.com, which listed several prescription medications found in Murphy's home. Monjack said most of the medicines listed in the report were his.

He said his wife took the anti-seizure medication klonopin ever since an episode she had while filming "8 Mile." She also occasionally took Sarafem, a drug aimed at pain and mood swings during menstrual periods, Monjack said.

Klonopin has been cited in several celebrity overdose deaths, but with many other medications mixed in.

He said he did not think a harmful interaction of drugs played a role in his wife's death. She had been sick with flu-like symptoms in the days before her death and had been taking Robitussin, but nothing more, he said.

Monjack and Sharon Murphy remain in the Hollywood Hills home where Brittany Murphy collapsed a month ago. Several framed photographic portraits of the actress that Monjack shot adorn the walls and other areas of the living room.

"I'm comforted by these photographs," Monjack said. "I'm comforted by the transformation from girl to woman that I witnessed."

The couple planned to display for exhibition some of the photographs, which can be seen at _www.simonmonjackphotography.com.

It was just one of the couple's plans, which included starting a family and moving to New York. Sharon Murphy said her daughter was talking about having a child the night before she died. Monjack said they already had baby names picked out.

Now the pair are planning a public memorial to celebrate Brittany Murphy's life, which will be held in the Los Angeles area at the end of February. Monjack and Sharon Murphy said they have asked many of the actress' friends to refrain from making public comments, but that they expect the memorial will remind people of her talents and beauty.

Monjack said the memorial will coincide with the launch of the Brittany Murphy Foundation, a charitable group that he said will support arts education for children and other causes his wife believed in.

Both Monjack and Sharon Murphy said they expect respect to grow for Brittany Murphy's work and life, once questions about her death are settled. The actress had completed two unreleased films before her death but their prospects are uncertain.

Sharon Murphy expressed reluctance about their release because of the filmmakers' inexperience, but Monjack said he would approve if the releases were respectfully done and the profits donated to the Brittany Murphy Foundation.

"I think the dust will settle, the truth will come out," Monjack said. "I think people will come to realize the genius of Brittany Murphy and come to regret the way they treated her while she was alive."
 
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