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Brittany Murphy Vomiting Before Death; Prescription Drugs Found

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UPDATE: Brittany Murphy died apparently of natural causes, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said.

Us Magazine: Before her shocking Dec. 20 death at age 32, Brittany Murphy "was taking prescription meds for flu-like symptoms she had been experiencing for several days," TMZ.com reports.

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According to the website, she began vomiting early Sunday morning and told family members she was feeling very ill. (She was "found unresponsive" Sunday morning at her Hollywood Hills home and was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.)

TMZ also reports that "various prescriptions were found in Murphy's home -- written for her, her husband Simon Monjack and her mom."

The site quotes a source as saying, "There were a lot ... a lot of prescriptions in the house."

An official cause of death may not be determined for some time, since toxicology tests will be required, but "it appears to be natural," L.A. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter tells UsMagazine.com. He said an autopsy is set to take place in the next two days.

The Los Angeles Times reported that police said Murphy died of cardiac arrest.

But father Angelo Bertolotti tells Us he doesn't buy it.

"Brittany never had a heart problem before, so I don't understand how she died," he tells Us. "This doesn't make sense to me."

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25 comments so far | Post a comment now
RIP December 21, 2009, 7:58 PM

Please change the headline. Others were right to point out that it is, at the very least, sensational, and at worst, it’s libel. And i wish some of you would refrain from speculating so wildly on a young woman’s death. Please show some respect.

michelle December 21, 2009, 8:44 PM

It is not natural for a presumably healthy 32 year old woman to die just like that. “Natural causes” is a cop-out unless she is 100 years old. It will be interesting to see what the postmortem shows.

Nirali December 21, 2009, 9:02 PM

I am sorry to hear about Britney Murphy’s death…she was a total doll…loved her acting, humor, and most of all her voice…I still cannot believe she is gone..I feel this way and I don’t even know her…so imagine how people who do know her must be feeling…my prayers and condolences go out to her entire family…especially her husband…who must be torn apart….can’t imagine how badly that must hurt…god bless her soul…

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