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Brittany Murphy's Death Said To Be From Natural Causes

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office says Brittany Murphy's sudden death at age 32 appears to have been from natural causes, however, they are investigating and intend to conduct an autopsy "as soon as possible."

"We are involved in an investigation of Brittany Murphy's death," says Ed Winter, chief investigator for the coroner's office. "She evidently collapsed in the bathroom. She was transported to Cedars Sinai hospital where she passed away."

"We will probably be doing an autopsy Monday or Tuesday, of course the final results will be pending toxicology and further tests. We come out, we look at everything, any prescriptions meds we do take. We will have to analyze everything and go from there."

"It appears to be natural at this time. Foul play is not suspected at this time because there were no outward signs of trauma or other injuries."

Brittany Murphy's family says the actress was ill with flulike symptoms in the days before her death.

"She has a medical history and there might be some other issues, but I can't elaborate."

In their first official statement, her family says: "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 was "found unresponsive" in her home in the hills on Sunday morning. Paramedics transported her to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m.

One of Murphy's neighbors says that paramedics were inside for nearly an hour before she was taken to hospital.

"One paramedic was still working on her," says the neighbor. "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."

She says Murphy's husband, who was wearing pajama bottoms and no shoes, appeared 'dazed'.

December 21, 2009 |

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