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Murphy Sick and Vomiting Just Before She Died

12/21/2009 2:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brittany MurphyBrittany Murphy was very ill in the hours before she went into cardiac arrest and died, sources tell TMZ.

We're told Murphy was taking prescription meds for flu-like symptoms she had been experiencing for several days. We're told Murphy began vomiting early Sunday morning and told family members she was feeling very ill.

Sources say various prescriptions were found in the home -- written for Brittany Murphy, husband Simon Monjack, and Brittany's mom. One source says, "There were a lot ... a lot of prescriptions in the house."

Law enforcement sources tell us Murphy collapsed in the bathroom and somehow ended up in the shower ... there was, we're told, a significant amount of vomit in the immediate area.

We're also told authorities did not find illegal drugs in the house, but Murphy was definitely taking various prescription meds.

Sources say her condition and the meds could have triggered a heart attack, but it's too early to know. An autopsy will be performed Monday or Tuesday. We reported earlier Monjack did not want an autopsy but ultimately it's the Coroner's call.

Brittany MurphyAs we first reported, Brittany Murphy's mother told paramedics her daughter suffered from diabetes. We're told it was type 2 diabetes and people involved in the case doubt her condition caused her death.


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Posted at 9:58AM on Dec 21st 2009 by Brother Harold, S.J.

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Give it time. MJ's 'autopsy' photos should be appearing any day now:(

1730 days ago


My condolences go out to Brittany's family. This is so tragic especially around the holidays. I thought she was a very funny and carefree actress. I loved Uptown Girls and Girl Interupted! May she rest in peace

1730 days ago

Jamaican Sam    

Hollywood Gossip called this one for sure:

"Or he's just waiting for the right moment to drug Brittany Murphy, purge all of her investments, undergo appearance-altering plastic surgery, change his name and vanish to Zambia. One can never be sure with this man."

1730 days ago


How many more precious lives will be lost to these Rx meds? Please, everyone, see the signs! It is far too easy in the drug induced stupors to take another dosage too soon, especially if you keep the meds next to your bedside or worse, accidently take the wrong pills because the bottles all look similar. Take some easy precautions. Dont increase your dosages (thats how addictions start!), keep medications in separate location, premeasure dosages and put in new lockable bottles (available in drugstores), and PLEASE keep away from all children/pets! A pill can easily fall onto the floor or carpet and be digested. If you are need the medication to feel ok, then ASK FOR HELP. ITS OK, and far better than these consequences for your family and friends to ever deal with. It happens fast and to the very best of people, and to the ones you wouldnt expect. So lets drop the judgements and hold out our hands and hearts to those who ask for help. Because this is way out of control and far beyond what you may think! Blessings.

1730 days ago


Poor Ms. Murphy. Wonderfully talented but obviously off the rails for a bit now. Anorexia and drug abuse rumors have been dogging her for quite a while. You people speculating about "possible illnesses" are just turning a blind eye to the abnormal behavior and the FACT that there were unusual amounts of prescription drugs in the house. All of these symptoms could have been caused by her diabetes or H1N1 but let's look at the most plausible exlpanation, shall we? Prescription drugs kill more people a year than all illegal drugs combined. Freaking government approved drug addiction. Did you know prescription drugs are the #4 cause of death in America? The drug companies are making the laws that govern themselves and the Doctors are playing along for the money. You think public safety is what these companies care about? What a joke.

1730 days ago


I'd like to know, why, if she was so ill and vomiting, did her husband not call an ambulance?? i know if my hubby had been so ill and throwing up for hours, id have taken him straight away..or was nobody home but her? but her hubby must have been home becuase the neighbour said when the ambulance arrived he was in his pyjama bottoms wondering aimlessly, it sounds fishy to me, or is he just a callous person??

1730 days ago


Who is Brittany Murphy?

1730 days ago


what med would you give for the flu? Naesea? Did she have pnemonia? I'm hearing a law suit

1730 days ago


she was dragged/went to the shower b/c she was puking duh. I puke in the tub too b/c the toilet makes me more nausaes.

1730 days ago


Really upset to hear the news. A terrific actress and a beautiful woman. RIP Brittany.

1730 days ago

a fan    

People do not go to the ER just for vomiting. Vomiting is usually a self limiting condition and not an emergency unless it is accompanied by other symptoms like pain or fever or is prolonged or you know you have taken something you should not have taken.

1730 days ago


Probably a combination of things led to this. Very sad, and right during the holidays.

1730 days ago


cut it with the italics ... "a lot" ... c'mon now. folks don't speak in italics, and you lose credibility when you editorialize emphasis like this. just not necessary.

1730 days ago


Sounds like Anna Nicole Smith-like story.

1730 days ago


Seriously, ENOUGH with the prescription drugs PEOPLE!!!!

1730 days ago
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