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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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46.

Karen    

Jenny:

Type 2 diabetes is not caused by being overweight. There are many other factors involved, primarily genetics. With that said, it is HIGHLY UNUSUAL for a 32 year old to develop type 2 diabetes. Whenever a hollywood type dies, there's always the same old shrieking about "other factors" that may have caused death. It almost ALWAYS, INVARIABLY comes down to DRUGS!

1704 days ago
47.

Interracial facial    

While other media outlets tout natural causes, TMZ gets the flu bug scoop. Gotta hand it to you. This tabloid giant is the combo new Walter Winchell/Army Archerd/Rona Barrett go-to celeb news leader of 2nd millennium pop culture media.

1704 days ago
48.

Dalia Voltex    

Swine flu? Can be. People die with pre-existing conditions having this virus.

1704 days ago
49.

a fan    

Type 2 diabetes disappears when the person reaches a normal weight. It is a complication of obesity.

Maybe she had meningitis.

1704 days ago
50.

ohdang    

nausea, vomiting, and flu like symptoms. Don't be surprised if it comes out that she had an opiate addiction. That would explain why she was in and out of consciousness on a movie set, she was on the nod.

1704 days ago
51.

keeoui    

Ok, I'm a healthy person. I don't have any prescription drugs. Exactly how many does the average person have? Everytime one of these celebrities dies, we hear how they had all these prescriptions, wtf is WRONG with them that they need so many scrips? And how the heck does someone take so many at once? They all must be higher than kites all the time. Pretty sad that they can't get thru their lives without a buzz everyday.

1704 days ago
52.

carolee west    

Autopsy is required in the state of Pennsylvania when someone dies at home.

1704 days ago
53.

red    

thank you deanna for your insight.

1704 days ago
54.

sicko Lambert    

very touched!!! Life is so fragile...Learn to LOVE one another, we're only human! My condolences to the Family! Family is famILY!!! Very Beautiful looking girl!

1704 days ago
55.

Makenna    

VOMITING BEFORE A HEART ATTACK IS NORMAL. YOU FEEL VERY SICK AND THROW UP SO THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT HAPPENED TO HER.

1704 days ago
56.

FABIO    

She was reportedly taking pain pills (Vicodin??) following some recent plastic surgery.

Sounds like maybe she OD'd...

1704 days ago
57.

candy    

Considering her husband was rushed to the hospital not long ago after a flight and paramedics found he was incoherent, and then brittany dies and he doesn't want an autopsy? UMMMM HUGE red flag. Not saying he killed her but all indications point to both of them obviously having a drug problem, and he knew by having an autopsy that the tox screen was going to be made public. Very sad either way, and such a horrible way to die. I thought she was a brilliant actress and beautiful!

1704 days ago
58.

noone    

JUST LIKE WITH MICHAEL JACKSON, WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT WEEKS FOR THE TOXICOLOGY REPORTS-THEN WE'LL HAVE SOME DEFINITIVE INFORMATION ON CAUSE OF DEATH.

AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TOXICOLOGY REPORTS WILL SHOW UP-AGAIN, WHY WOULD HER HUSBAND OBJECT TO AN AUTOPSY-WHY WOULDN'T HE WANT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT KILLED HER?

1704 days ago
59.

lilliputian    

Brittany was a sweetheart and will be missed greatly. An electrolyte imbalance brought on by vomiting can create a deadly cardiac arythmia. I hate that people always want to think the worst of a a person before getting the facts. I do not believe she was on illicit drugs.

1704 days ago
60.

sleeper    

s u i c i d e b l o n d e

1704 days ago
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