What a terrible year for celebrity deaths. First Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, then Patrick Swayze, and now Brittany Murphy. Another star that was taken much too soon before her time. Brittany Murphy was only 32 years old when she was found unconscious in her bathroom by her mother. The cause of death is unknown but there is talk that it was a heart attack that took the young actress. It also seems that Brittany suffered from diabetes, was not feeling well shortly before her death, and that there were a lot of prescription medications in the house. Whatever the case was, it’s a very sad story of a very talented actress that the world will greatly miss. From TVNZ,
“Brittany Murphy was reportedly “very ill” in the days leading up to her death.
The 8 Mile actress passed away at the age of 32 on Monday but authorities have already ruled out foul play , despite persistent rumours she was addicted to prescription drugs.
Coroner’s Captain John Kades said: “Foul play is not suspected at this time because there were no outward signs of trauma or other injuries.
“We don’t have an autopsy scheduled yet, but we will do it as soon as possible. Given all the worldwide attention, if we can get it done today, we will.”
However, sources say several prescriptions were found in the house, written for various members of the household including Brittany – who reportedly suffered from diabetes – husband Simon Monjack and the actress’ mother.
One source said: “There were a lot of prescriptions in the house.”
Insiders say the actress had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for days – which she was taking medication for – and had begun vomiting shortly before her death, telling her family she felt “very unwell”.
According to reports, when her mother found her body in the bathroom of her Hollywood home, there was “a significant amount of vomit” in the room.
One of the ‘Clueless’ star’s neighbours said paramedics were in the house for almost an hour before taking her body to an ambulance on a stretcher.
The onlooker said “One paramedic was still working on her. First, I couldn’t even tell that it was Brittany that was on the stretcher. I looked like an older woman. Brittany was completely white and her face was covered with a mask. You could tell that something horrible had happened.”
Police later attended the house for what they have described as a “routine” death investigation.
In addition to the autopsy, toxicology tests to look for traces of drugs and alcohol in
Murphy’s system will also be carried out, but the results will not be known for six weeks.
The actress’ family have released a statement about the “terrible tragedy”.
It read: “The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy. She was our daughter, our wife, our love and a shining star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this time.”
Murphy’s estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti – who hadn’t seen the actress in several years – also paid tribute to her.
He said: “She was just an absolute doll since she was born… Her personality was always outward. Everybody loved her.
“She was just so talented. I loved her very much.”
I really loved Brittany Murphy too. I first heard of her when she appeared in 8 Mile and then started to really, really love her when she was in Uptown Girls. It really is a great loss for the world and hopefully we’ll find out more soon so that the rumor mill doesn’t get going too much on this one. Our thoughts are with her family at this time and hopefully, they are also given the privacy that they need during this very tough time.
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