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Brittany Murphy -- Frantic Rescue Effort

12/22/2009 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brittany Murphy Brittany Murphy's husband and mother made a frantic attempt to revive her before paramedics arrived ... this according to notes written by an investigator from the L.A. County Coroner's office. And, there were a shocking number of strong prescription meds on Brittany's nightstand.

TMZ has reviewed the documents, written by Investigator Blacklock. According to his notes, Brittany Murphy "had been complaining of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain" for 7 to 10 days prior to her death. According to the notes, Murphy went into the bathroom at around 7:30 AM Sunday and shut the door.

A half hour later Brittany's mother, Sharon Murphy, went to check on her daughter, opened the bathroom door and "discovered the decedent lying on the floor unresponsive." According to the notes, Sharon yelled for help. Brittany's husband, Simon Monjack, who was in bed, heard the screams and ran to the bathroom.

According to the notes, Sharon called 911 and Simon "attempted to revive the decedent by placing her in the shower and running the water."

The notes continue -- "The decedent remained unresponsive and purged her stomach contents prior to the arrival of the paramedics."

When the paramedics arrived, Brittany was "without signs of life."

Paramedics moved Brittany from the bathroom to the master bedroom, where they found a slew of prescription drugs -- "A check of the nightstands revealed large amounts of prescription medication in the decedent's name. Also noted were numerous empty prescription medication bottles in the decedent's husband's name, the decedent's mother's name and unidentified third party names."

According to the notes, the medications included Topamax (anti-seizure meds also to prevent migraines), Methylprednisolone (anti-inflammatory), Fluoxetine (depression med), Klonopin (anxiety med), Carbamazepine (treats Diabetic symptoms and is also a bipolar med), Ativan (anxiety med), Vicoprofen (pain reliever), Propranolol (hypertension, used to prevent heart attacks), Biaxin (antibiotic), Hydrocodone (pain med) and miscellaneous vitamins.

The notes say, "No alcohol containers, paraphernalia or illegal drugs were discovered."

According to the notes, "The night prior to her death, the decedent had consumed some noodles, leftover Thai food, Gatorade, water and tea with lemon."

The notes also say Brittany had a history of hypoglycemia and was hospitalized in April 2009 for low blood sugar while on location in Oregon."

Monjack told the investigator during the 7 to 10 days prior to her death, Brittany complained of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pains but he was not overly alarmed because "she often suffered from severe menstrual pains."

Brittany MurphyThe investigator spoke with police at the scene, who told him "foul play is not suspected."


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brittney was one of my all time favorite actors! i think she preformed really well! one of my favorite movies of hers is "DONT SAY A WORD"! it very sad that she died and younge to im a really miss seeing her in movies! its not goin to be the same without her! shes missed in my heart! matter of fact im goin to go watch some movies of hers right now!!!

1706 days ago


Could it be a burst appendix? My mom went for 5 days with one she just thought she had really bad cramps too.

1768 days ago


R.I.P. Brittany

1768 days ago


Propranolol (aka Inderal [sp?]) can also be used as an anti-anxiety med to combat the physical symptoms of anxiety episodes (rapid heart rate, etc).

1768 days ago

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

Lots of drugs in different names? Sounds familiar.

Jacko fans are wacked.

584. To the poster who said we would not do anything if we saw

molesting children: You know what, you're right! Because if MJ was
molesting kids, that could only mean that, for some reason that we
might not be able to understand, God determined that it was really
okay to molest kids. And like I said, we might not be able to
understand it, but MJ would not do anything wrong and God would not
guide MJ to do anything wrong. If MJ did it, it must be okay and it's
up to us then to try to understand why it's okay. MJ was a good man
the best man and he would not do anything wrong.
Posted at 11:45AM on Dec 20th 2009 by Julie
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1768 days ago


Reading that list, I can immediately see 3 meds that can have lethal interactions when used in combination with each other. I'm sure they're not all for her, but we'll know what she took in the next 6 weeks.

So sad. Prescription drugs can be even more dangerous than "illegal" drugs. I only hope this sad situation will make people think twice before popping every pill they can to cure an ailment. And I hope the pill-pushing docs are reprimanded or charged with a criminal offense.

Enough is enough.

1768 days ago


It's really appears both mother and husband tried desparetly to save her.

1768 days ago


Why did she have both klonopin and ativan. its the same sh*t.

1768 days ago

The Boss    

seriously can we legalize weed already...

1768 days ago


Propranolol and Topamax are often paired together to treat essential tremors (uncontrollable shaking) as well. I've been on propranolol for years.

1768 days ago


its clear she was dr shopping...

1768 days ago


Sheeeeesh, 10 different medications?

1768 days ago


propanolol is also used for migraine prevention, like topamax.

1768 days ago


who the hell was her doctor??? DR MURRAY IN THE HOUSE? this is very unfortunate and sad she was so young. my prayers to her family. sue from tampa

1768 days ago


My hunch is that she went cold turkey to get off from being physically addicted to the pain meds, she was having a tough time, and decided to give herself a treat. She took her usual dose when she was physically addicted, but she couldn't handle it anymore because she was no longer physically addicted, and had a lower tolerance, and voila! overdose, vomit and death... It is a common situation, an addict overdoses behind a locked or close bathroom door.

Now they are stating that she wasn't diabetic, but she had "hypoglycemia", which isn't a chronic condition, and it is a symptom of diabetes mellitus, not a chronic disease in itself. She wasn't diabetic. She sounds like she was physically addicted to an opiod, like Vicodin.

This type of addiction is a dime a dozen. Her mannerism on her films, like the nodding off and spaciness is a sign of long term opiod use, or signs that she was physically addicted to an opiod.

1768 days ago
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