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, 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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Actress Brittany Murphy Dead from Heart Attack at 32

Actress Britanny Murphy is dead after suffering a sudden heart attack on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was just 32-years-old. Murphy reported suffered full cardiac arrest Sunday morning and died after she could not be revived.

Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy

Britanny Murphy was known for her roles in such films as 8 Mile with rapper Eminem, Clueless, Girl, Interrupted and Sin City. She was also a singer and released the hit club dance track “Faster Kill Pussycat” in 2006. Murphy has not had many major acting appearances recently, although in 2009 she was cast in the starring role for the Lifetime TV movie Tribute. Murphy has also provided the voice of the character of Luanne Platter on the long-running series King of the Hill.

According, a 911 call was placed from the home of Simon Monjack, Murphy’s husband, at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Emergency responders from the Los Angeles City Fire Department attempted to revive Murphy on scene but were unsuccessful. She was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. No other information has been released at this time.

Murphy has long been rumored to have a drug addiction problem and has been accused of having an eating disorder and using cocaine to lose weight, but she denied those rumors vehemently. “I’ve never even seen [cocaine]. I am also way too high-strung,” Murphy told in 2005. “I can’t even take a Sudafed. Can you imagine? My God. I think my heart would explode.”

Murphy is survived by her husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack, whom she married in 2007. Prior to her marriage to Monjack, she was briefly engaged to talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz and dated Just Married co-star Ashton Kutcher for a short time before his marriage to Demi Moore.


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