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Brittany Murphy's Cause of Death

2/4/2010 2:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brittany Murphy's cause of death has been determined: An accidental death caused by "community acquired pneumonia," iron deficiency anemia, and multiple drug intoxication.

The L.A. County Coroner concludes on the subject of "How injury occurred" -- "Drug intake."

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karma    

Hey Harvey--

Exactly what drugs were on board and what amounts..do you know? I cannot find the link. Were there ILLEGAL drugs or were these prescription drugs?

1660 days ago
32.

ElinneM    

Please leave your memory alone! We offered a lot in each performance, has made us laugh, mourn emote by memory and by the respect he deserves his family as this fine actress respect his name and to keep our hearts ens the most beautiful thing we offered thanks!

1660 days ago
33.

John    

ok CAP was a part but she was self medicating. Remember it was pain killers and something else for cramps that she did have a valid script for. But mixing otc syrups that have Acetaminophen then add pain killers which most have acetaminophen also is a very bad thing.

They found Vicoprofen which has no APAP but Hydrocodone aka vicodin/norco depending on the make up ordered could have 325mg to 750mg's of APAP

FDA wants people to stay under 4000mg's a day in fear of overdose or major kidney damage.

People can OD on APAP alone at levels as low 10000 to 15000mgs a day. Thats not someone thats all messed up like she was. Add CAP and the other crap and doesn't take much...

1660 days ago
34.

BuckHanson    

Hey TMZ - Is it really necessary to bold "multiple drug intoxication"? Sure there has been a string of celebrity deaths related to prescription drugs, but hers was because she was mainly very sick. Why didn't you bold "community acquired pneumonia" or "iron deficiency anemia"?? Those factors are just as important and are considered the main reason she passed away. The drugs were secondary (from what other reports are saying).

You bold it so it stands out and that's what people see first and get a false understanding on the information you are telling everyone. Don't bold something because it isn't the main factor in a persons death unless PROVEN it was otherwise. Michael Jackson...yes this was the main problem. Heath Ledger...yes this was the main problem. This is NOT the case here with her!

I'm just sayin...

1660 days ago
35.

DallasB    

Quit sensationalizing it TMZ!!!! Read your recent post!! The multiple drugs were over the counter meds like COUGH SYRUP and a prescription for CRAMPS..that doesn't sound like she died of an overdose..if you read it..what it means she had pneumonia and anemia..by taking the over the counter meds and rx for cramps it threw her over the edge..had she not taken the meds (which slows heart, labors breathing) she prob would have lived (if taken to hospital)...that is by no means saying she died by taking multiple drugs like Oxycontin, cocaine or something like that!!!

1660 days ago
36.

susan    

CAP can be diagnosed by symptoms and physical examination alone, though x-rays diagnosed http://usspost.com/community-acquired-pneumonia-www-usspost-com-5043/

1660 days ago
37.

DaChopssss    

Regardless, it's a tragedy. Obviously, I don't know her personally, but in my opinion, the girl looked very sick and unhealthy in the months leading to her death. She looked like skin and bones. I find it shady that she had prescriptions, but they can't find a doctor that had seen her for months before her death. It's a sad situation and once again, if it's found that her doctor was being unethical in the prescriptions he was giving her, maybe people will realize that it's not just street narcotics that we should worry about. My sister had her doctor's home #, to reach him for refills on Xanax and pain pills. Prescription drugs are the new killer and people better get a clue and start regulating these doctors.

1660 days ago
38.

claudia    

People die in every hospital in the U.S. EVERY, single day from pneumonia……BUT, it is never noted that their death was ACCIDENTAL. NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! There is a lot to be said about the language that is used.
Love, idolize, and protect Brittany, people, but please don't let her death be in vain. Something went very wrong. She should be alive today to kick her grotesque husband to the curb and tell her needy mother to get a life!

1660 days ago
39.

Kate    

All The People That Are Saying She Died Of cocaine, meth, And soome other drugs. She Diidn't. If All You were checking other articles, and actully reading things over carefully, you would know. She Was On Perscription meds, And Took To Many At one time. There Fore, It was an accidential Overdose. She Also Had Pneumonia, And was taking the wrong meds with the sickness.
Read Things More Carefull, Before The next Time you people go shooting your mouths off.
Kaay.? Thanks.

1660 days ago
40.

Su    

Not trying to be rude but, you have to wonder when an actress becomes very ill and decides to self medicate w/ OTC drugs as opposed to going to a doctor. She was a friggen star, it's not like she didn't have GP to go see. (and had to wait a month to see a doctor)Sorry, I'm just not buying what they're trying to sell. Doing a bunch of prescription drugs can cause pneumonia.

1660 days ago
41.

Su    

All the articles are saying she had a Doctors appointment scheduled. If she was that sick, (especially with H1N1 everywhere) her family should have taken her to the emergency room. Like I said, it just sounds fishy to me.

1660 days ago
42.

Visa    

I think it is pretty simple...consuming multiple prescription drugs leads to poor decisions. Combine that with "community acquired pneumonia" and anemia(poor nutrition)...you have an accidental death. If she wasn't abusing the prescription drugs, she would have realized that she was very sick. The drugs would have also compromised her bodies ability to battle the pneumonia.

To sum it up: Prescription Drugs can be more dangerous than illegal drugs.

This is very sad. RIP little one.

1660 days ago
43.

Writer    

14. what actually is, community acquired pneumonia???

Posted at 12:30PM on Feb 4th 2010 by Jaggen
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It just means she did not acquire it from a medical facility. It doesn't differentiate between viral or bacterial pneumonia. It literally means she caught it in the community, not at a hospital.

1659 days ago
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Writer    

"48. I think it is pretty simple...consuming multiple prescription drugs leads to poor decisions. Combine that with "community acquired pneumonia" and anemia(poor nutrition)...you have an accidental death. If she wasn't abusing the prescription drugs, she would have realized that she was very sick. The drugs would have also compromised her bodies ability to battle the pneumonia.

To sum it up: Prescription Drugs can be more dangerous than illegal drugs.

This is very sad. RIP little one.

Posted at 8:47AM on Feb 5th 2010 by Visa"
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The coroner said the main cause of death was pneumonia. Pneumonia is a very serious condition. They said the prescription drugs were a secondary cause, but that pneumonia was the primary cause of her death. Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets also died of pneumonia. People need to take it seriously and not medicate at home, meaning, they are not necessarily taking a toxic combination, but they don't get the proper medication. With Brittany, she probably took things that slowed down her respiration and with her already weakened lung condition, it overcame her. Had she not had pneumonia, she might have been fine to take whatever she was taking. At least it proves her weight was fine and she was not taking illegal drugs. Considering she vomited a lot due to her illness or due to the process of dying, she must have usually weighed about 5 lbs more.

1659 days ago
45.

Writer    

Doing a bunch of prescription drugs can cause pneumonia.

Posted at 6:59PM on Feb 4th 2010 by Su

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I don't think you understand what happened. When someone has pneumonia, their breathing is already compromised. If on top of that you take drugs that slow your respiration, you are putting yourself at greater risk of breathing cessation, not of catching pneumonia.
The coroner said "community acquired pneumonia." Of course, if it was acquired in a medical facility, we could get into an entirely new discussion of long term patients not breathing deeply enough after surgery and being on bed rest, etc.
They had been traveling a lot so she probably got it due to exposure to it.

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