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Brittany Murphy's Husband Doesn't Want Autopsy

12/20/2009 7:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brittany Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, told hospital staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center he did not want an autopsy performed on his deceased wife, multiple sources tell TMZ.

Simon Monjack, Brittany Murphy

We're told, however, despite Monjack's wishes, the L.A. County Coroner's office will perform an autopsy on Murphy. As we first reported, Murphy went into cardiac arrest this morning and could not be revived.

TMZ has also learned Brittany Murphy's mother, who found Murphy unconscious in the shower and called 911, told paramedics her daughter had a history of diabetes. We have not been able to confirm if Murphy did indeed have diabetes, and if so, whether it contributed to her death.

UPDATE 8:00 PM ET
-- Ed Winter from the L.A. County Coroner's Office tells TMZ foul play is not suspected at this time. Some prescriptions were found in the house, but he wouldn't say what kind, and they will be examined as well. Toxicology tests will be performed, which could take up to six weeks.

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61.

LOVEtheXFACTOR    

#42.... FYI

For Judaism, an autopsy may be performed when the cause of death is undetermined, when the autopsy may help save the lives of others, or when relatives might benefit from the knowledge gained by autopsy

This con man has something to hide. Pure and simple.

1769 days ago
62.

total betty    

Maybe, Britanny herself was scared of autopsies...who wants to be cut up ??? I wouldn't wish that on a relative either

1769 days ago
63.

Lizzie    

Was Brittnay Jewish? Those rules wouldn't apply to her

1769 days ago
64.

P.W.    

Seems like he was riding her coat tails.She was sweet and talented and if she was "medicated" or troubled that way,he certainly wasn't helping. I hope she rests in Peace.

1769 days ago
65.

Jane    

One word: anorexia.

Just like Karen Carpenter: "On February 4, 1983, less than a month before her thirty-third birthday, Karen suffered heart failure at her parents' home in Downey, California. She was taken to Downey Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead twenty minutes later. The LA coroner gave the cause of death as "heartbeat irregularities brought on by chemical imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa."

1769 days ago
66.

rex kramer    

Mmmmm Smackady goodness. Husband fleeing the country in 3-2-1..

1769 days ago
67.

hahahaha!    

Maybe he is Jewish, many in the Jewish faith don't believe in autopsy or embalming, that it defiles the body. Seems it's way bad to judge Brittany by saying her death might be related to drug use or an eating disorder, both of which she has been suspected of having for years now. But it's obviously perfectly ok to judge this guy who no one knows at all because he is after all.. fat and so not a Hollywood hunk. You guys are so weird.

1769 days ago
68.

janalal4    

This guy has a history of fraud convictions & was about to be booted from the country & supposedly pressured Brittney to marry him before his exit visa ran out & now he doesn't want an autopsy??? Things that make ya go hmmmmmmmm.....

1769 days ago
69.

Spellchamp    

Hey TMZ,

If Brittany's MOTHER says she had a history of diabetes (by telling paramedics), why would you doubt it?

Why would she give them information, in an effort to help them revive her, if it was not true?

Sometimes I wonder about your motives, TMZ.

1769 days ago
70.

Ms. Honest    

Hmmmm.....let's see....I guess Conrad Murray should have said the same thing...then his guilt would have been MORE obvious. RED FLAGS!! She probably wanted to leave his big ass...she goes from Ashton to THAT? Ewe....He was probably eating her out of house and home. Well it's obvious he's not a crack-head.

1769 days ago
71.

Kerry    

until death you do part dude! ...... don't deny it.... get it done.... too many questions go unanswered in this world... if he didn't want media involvement don't get involved with a beautiful celebrity!

Rest in Peace Brittany!

1769 days ago
72.

CJ    

When the husband had that incident on the plane recently didn't the lady who called in to 911 say that she had been told that he had diabetes??? Sounds like that is their cover for whatever prescription meds they are taking?? Not sure but pretty weird that both he AND Brittany would have diabetes

1769 days ago
73.

Up with It    

Sounds like he was an *enabler*, maybe that was part of the magic in this marriage.

So sad. There are those who love her; she will be missed.

1769 days ago
74.

LH    

What are you people going to say if the truth comes out that Brittany chose to do illegal substance because she thought illegal substance was Hip? The paved road to fame and more roles?

1769 days ago
75.

Jesse James    

If you have ever seen an autopsy performed you probably wouldn't want one done on your loved ones as well.

1769 days ago
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