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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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kiki    

Jenny, Type II Diabetes is not only for overweight people. Type II diabetes is typically for people who were not born with it. My father developed Type II diabetes in his 30s and he was very skinny. He weighted less than 130 lbs at the time. He was a short guy but NEVER overweight. Get your facts straight!

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242.

dr fred    

#290 is 100% correct....severe vomiting can be life threatening ,,so can severe diarrhea.

look at cholerra...patients die due to severe dehydration.

it can happen within hours..

another possibility is "toxic shock syndrome" it would be interesting if she was menastrating

1738 days ago
243.

Matt    

Hey "291. Miss Murphy was always slightly of frame"

Are you nuts, she was a bheavy girl and forced herself into that lollipop-head shape through drugs and or vomiting.Geez!


1738 days ago
244.

kiki    

MY God..people are dumb here..Do some research before you post dumb ass comments like the one who said they saw a picture of her and Ashton eating a cinnabon and that a diabetic wouldn't eat that..SERIOUSLY..you cannot be THAT dumb. Diabetics can eat what they want as long as they control their blood sugar. That is what testing is for moron. If you blood sugar goes high, you either take a pill or a shot of insulin. I love how people talk with high and mighty authority about things you have no clue about. Go back to school idiot!

1738 days ago
245.

P    

Didn't Anna Nicole have "flu like symptoms" preceeding her death....? With "A LOT" of prescription drugs in the house (and later found to be in her symptom)?

My dad died of a massive heart attack and in the hour or so before his death, he experience extreme ill feelings, vomiting, etc. It's a very common symptom of a heart attack, not a CAUSE of one like a previous commenter said!

1738 days ago
246.

P    

Oops, I meant in her "system", not "symptom"!

1738 days ago
247.

Tea    

Here's a Russian newspaper web-site claiming that Murphy was in Russia the day before her death - and that something happened at the party she was at (hosted by a Russian oligarch). I'm sure you can use Google translate. http://www.gazeta.ru/news/lastnews/2009/12/21/n_1438055.shtml

1738 days ago
248.

IsaBella    

@10

Diabetes type 2 is not per say due to being overweight. That is a myth.

Fact remains that diabetes and a serious flu do not go well together.

Diabetics with the flu are more likely to develop infection of the lungs and the virus will affect the heart, causing cardiac arrest.

These things happen quite often. We just don't hear about it because 9 out of 10 times the deceased is not some famous person.


1737 days ago
249.

WARNING    

POST # 68
68. she was fat in clueless, then a skeleton. whatever, she made her deal with the devil. let her take her dirt nap.

Posted at 12:04AM on Dec 21st 2009 by anna nicole
TRYING TO BE SOMEONE THATS HAD PAST AWAY AND COST YOU TIME NOT ONLY THAT BUT USING A FAMOUS NAME TMZ I WANT THIS NUMBER 68 DELETED ILL BE BACK TO MAKE SURE

1737 days ago
250.

Thenry    

I'm guessing she was bulimic in addition to the prescription drugs, it would explain quite a lot.

1737 days ago
251.

Woot    

Poor Brittany baby... rest in peace, sweet girl.

1737 days ago
252.

Hayley    

Just watching some of her Letterman interviews - such an adorable, cute girl - really was a ray of sunshine!

Well I am a doctor and given the history of diabetes, it's possible it was a combination of DKA, chronic anorexia and gastroenteritis/flu. These 3 things all could contribute to hypokalaemia (low potassium) which could have triggered a cardiac arrhythmia. Either that or drugs of course, her recent behaviour (and her husband's) has been strange.

Anyway, RIP pretty lady!

1737 days ago
253.

AM Hood    

great actress,appeared to be a warm. loving person will be sadly missed. May god bless her family and strengthen them through this terrible time.
Husband with no shirt..staged to show no marks or bruises? when you ask for no autopsy, these questions arise. I surly would want to know what killed my love one, epically such a young person. anything-no matter how small-to hide?
Ipary her mom will one day be happy again! But, what ever she does-I hope she can get along with the husband until the truth is revealed about this death. People are so evil now, greedy and looking for fame in anyplace they can get it the first thing we think was there foul play for some sort of gain.
may God accept you sweet and precious soul in his kingdom. Not intending to cause hurt to the family but, let's be real here- we you never really get to know a person and what they are all about. It is good to be suspicious of others and not so trusting, people will take advantage of your kindness and mistake it for weakness.

1737 days ago
254.

kari    

RIP

1737 days ago
255.

bobcov    

I wonder if the lining of her heart was attacked by a virus? This is what happened to another 32 year old as described in an old episode of This American Life. Perfectly healthy, got the flu and died on an airplane of heart rhythm disturbance. Autopsy showed damage to the heart lining from a virus.

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