Brittany Murphy Autopsy Report Leak Being Investigated

The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office is investigating how information from the Brittany Murphy autopsy report was leaked to the press on Tuesday. Investigators want to know how parts of the autopsy report were leaked to the gossip website TMZ.com, including a long list of prescription medications found at the home of Brittany Murphy and husband Simon Monjack.

Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy

“I’m furious,” Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said on Tuesday about the leak of the Brittany Murphy autopsy results. “We don’t normally release partial information. If partial information goes out, it of course makes us look bad. Everybody ought to get it at the same time.” TMZ.com managing editor Harvey Levin has refused to comment on how the tabloid site obtained the autopsy information.

Brittany Murphy died on Sunday at the age of 32. Her death has widely been reported as the result of a heart attack. An official cause of death from the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office has not yet been released. An official determination of the cause of death is on hold until toxicology and tissue tests are completed, which may take several weeks.

An investigation into a possible leak of information from the Michael Jackson autopsy report earlier this year was also conducted by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office but no evidence of wrongdoing was ever found.

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Brittany Murphy Autopsy Results Reveal Little So Far

The first official results from the Brittany Murphy autopsy by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office have been released, although toxicology reports remain outstanding. The autopsy on Britanny Murphy revealed little about her sudden cause of death. However, the coroner’s office has reported a large amount of prescription drugs were found in Murphy’s home.

Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy

In eerie reminder of the death of young Hollywood star Heath Ledger, authorities report a wide array of prescription drugs were found at the home of Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack. Some of the prescriptions included anti-anxiety medications, strong painkillers and anti-depression pills.

Among the drugs found on scene in Murphy’s home, according to TMZ.com, were Topamax (anti-seizure meds, also prevents migraines), Methylprednisolone (anti-inflammatory), Fluoxetine (depression med), Klonopin (anxiety med), Carbamazepine (Diabetes and bipolar med), Ativan (anxiety med), Vicoprofen (pain reliever), Biaxin (antibiotic), Hydrocodone (pain med) and Propranolol (hypertension and heart attack prevention). Murphy reportedly died after going into full cardiac arrest but the underlying cause is still unknown.

The L.A. Coroner’s Office reports that no “alcohol containers, paraphernalia or illegal drugs were discovered” at Murphy’s home. The autopsy report also states there was “no evidence of trauma” and Murphy’s body appeared to be of “normal” weight and not overly thin.

According to information gathered by investigators into Brittany Murphy’s death, the 32-year-old actress had been “complaining of shortness of breath and severed abdominal pain” for 7 to 10 days prior to her death. She had also reportedly been vomiting severely the morning of her collapse. Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, said his wife had visited a doctor for laryngitis recently and “had been tired.” Murphy had also reportedly been treated in the past for low blood sugar and her mother, Sharon Murphy, reportedly told paramedics her daughter was diabetic.

Could Brittany Murphy’s death be yet another Heath Ledger style case of prescription over-medication leading to a tragic overdose? Or just the sad natural death of a woman far too young? Toxicology reports on the young star’s body may hold the answer, but will take several more weeks to process.

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