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Brittany Murphy cause of death announced

Initial autopsy results for actress Brittany Murphy, who died suddenly at age 32 on December 20, have been released.

According to the L.A. county coroner (via People), Murphy died from multiple drug intoxication (“only prescription and over-the-counter meds”), pneumonia, and iron deficiency anemia. His ruling is that the death was accidental, but he tells People that it could have been avoided had the actress seen a doctor. “Murphy was planning on seeing a doctor, but she unfortunately passed away before she did,” Assistant Chief Ed Winter told People. “This was a case of a person with pneumonia who was anemic (having a low blood count) who was taking medication when she should’ve been getting medical treatment.”

Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, told authorities that his wife was taking the painkiller Vicoprofen and antidepressant Fluoxetine to deal with severe menstrual cramps; A full autopsy report is expected within two weeks.


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