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Brittany Murphy -- 109 Mystery Pills

2/27/2010 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brittany Murphy obtained a prescription for 120 hydrocodone (Vicodin) pills 11 days before her death .... and the day she died there were only 11 pills left in the bottle ... TMZ has learned.

What's more we've learned the L.A. County Coroner's Office cannot locate the doctor who prescribed the pills and they are on the hunt to find him.

According to the Coroner's report on Murphy's death, the pills -- which we've learned were prescribed specifically to Murphy -- were supposed to be taken a maximum of 4 times a day. Yet 109 of the pills were missing from the bottle when she died. If Brittany had maxed out on the prescription, only 44 pills should have been missing.

So why were so many pills prescribed in the first place? That's what the Coroner wants to know. The doctor's name on the pill bottle is Cohen, but so far the Coroner can't locate him. A member of the Coroner's Office went to Brittany's husband, Simon Monjack, to assist them in locating the doc, but we're told Simon was no help.

The cause of Brittany Murphy's death is listed as "accidental" -- the result of pneumonia, along with prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

UPDATE: Simon Monjack contacted TMZ and says the hydrocodone prescription was not Brittany Murphy's. He says it was written for either Sharon Murphy, Brittany's mom, or himself -- he said he was unsure.

Monjack also says Dr. Cohen did not write any prescriptions for Brittany.

As for the 11 hyrdrocodone pills that remained in the prescription bottle for 120 pills -- Monjack says yesterday morning, after we published this story, he and Sharon located 73 pills from that prescription.


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121.

NicoleRita    

****Where can I read the actual autopsy report????????????****

1697 days ago
122.

NicoleRita    

Where can I find the toxicology report?

1697 days ago
123.

WC    

Doctors often give a 30 day supply. 30 x 4 a day = 120, but nice attemp to try to add a sinister twist

1697 days ago
124.

steve    

# 7,i don't know what what ails you, but if your taking 6 vicodans aday, you my friend..have a bigger problem than your liitle sickness.you say you feel good for a while, only problem with that is these drugs (poison) are so addicting that when the good feelings fade, your body DEMANDS more. achey back? sore knees? headache? fever? that is your body demanding more and its gonna shut down if you don't give it what it needs. tell your "doctor" to go to hell and get some help good luck

1696 days ago
125.

JLS    

Do you all get THIS? The coroner said there were NO illegal drugs in her system. These pills belong to her mother-her name is on the damn bottle. She's a cancer survivor and has nerve damage from chemo and radiation JUST like my HUSBAND. The media is clearly manufacturing stories that simply have no basis in fact. What is so alarming is that all these posters believe everything they read here and elsewhere. It's sick. A sick need to cause trouble in somebody else's life or in this case, death. Stop being so nasty and moronic.

1696 days ago
126.

JLS    

When someone dies at home, and there is a subsequent mandatory coroner's investigation,all drugs in the household are looked at. It does NOT mean they all belong to the person who died. With three adults in the household and one cancer survivor, it's likely there would be some sort of painkiller. It's NOT likely to all be Brittany's just because she died of pneumonia and has a concoction of over the counter drugs to treat what she thought was a cold in her system. We all use those-and lots of them when we are miserable with a cold!The coroner stated there were NO illegal drugs in her system but that got glazed over because it's not sensational and wouldn't make for good story here. I am realizing after several years of reading all of these websites, that little is factual or accurate. TMZ is usually very accurate but boy oh boy have they missed the mark here. Terminate the employee that puffed this story up. Sharon's name is on this bottle and the doctor that treated her and prescribed the drug was doing the right thing given her cancer. Stop trying to make it something it isn't!

1696 days ago
127.

LILLL    

JLS--If you don't like what we are saying--then go away. Nobody id FORCING you to read our comments. Or are you SIMON?

Britt had Vicoden in her stomach when she died-there are a gazillion pills missing. Its a free country. We get to draw our own conclusions.

EVERYTHING Simon has done since Britts untimely death has put him under a microscope. He has shown himself to be a liar and money hungry lowlife. He needs to be thrown out of the country.

Deport Simon!
Deport Simon!
Deport Simon!
Deport Simon!
Deport Simon!
Deport Simon!
Deport Simon!
Deport Simon!

1696 days ago
128.

Silo    

I still say Simon did this to her! Whether he crushed up these pills and put it in her food or something. The whole thing is stange and I say her creepy husband killed her. He claimed he dressed her, did her hair, and makeup...what's to say his obsession was worsening when she wanted to go back to work. He radiates weird and he did everything but put his hands around her throat!!

1696 days ago
129.

DrTruth    

Her demise was originally listed as due to natural causes as if it is normal for young people to croke for no reason. We all know it was death by Big Pharma. And there is no such thing as a safe drug.

1696 days ago
130.

bruce    

is this a mystery that we need the csi gang in for? the girl was taking 10 pills a day instead of 3 or 4, there are poeple who take 50 or 100 of those things a day ,when addicted, her being all of 120 lbs 10 was probably about all she needed but she was clearly addicted and had grown a tollerance. I had developed some sympathy for this husband but to come out with such a rediculous comment like "we found the 73 pills" is so insulting to anyone with a brain, that if he thinks hes protecting her image hes not , all hes doing is making it worse. theres no shame in the idea that his wife had a drug problem, or maybe it was his fat ass taking her pills , and hes protecting himself, either way, someone should tell this guy the truth is the only way to go, no one is going to hate this poor girl or him if they had a problem with vicodin, him and 6 million other americans who abuse prescription meds. my advice is to keep his mouth shut and just move on with hhis life, start lying to cops and lawyers and he'll end up in jail somehow.

1695 days ago
132.

Calibabe    

idiots, your math is way off--she could have taken 8, 500mg tablets per day and been within the 4000mg per day that is considered safe. Did you bother to do the math? Obviously not. If you remember being in elementary school you would know that 8x500=4000. Pure and simple, so you need to apologize to the RN who you bashed.

I think that the "explanation" is somewhat strange. Wouldn't you remember if a physician wrote you an RX or not? Seems I would. I would think that if the RX was for the mother, that she would say so as well. So that doesn't seem to fit, but the coroner has ruled the death as accidential. That is the end, unless the mother says that the husband plotted to kill her, which I doubt that he did. She was worth far more to him alive than dead. You can only ride that cash cow for so long.

Either way it is a shame that this young woman had to die so young. Someone certainly missed something somewhere in her diagnosis; the one that stated she was being treated for pneumonia.

1695 days ago
133.

no religion please    

Young, "apparently" healthy bubbly cuddly people drop dead ALL THE TIME all over the globe. They may have had unknown cardiac probs, neurological probs, circulatory probs, a silent parasitic invasion, etc... it happens to athletes, doctors, teachers, prostitutes, maids and presidents of State. The level of ignorance and idiocy in this thread can only be overshadowed by the malicious evil of this website's reports [and the reports of entertainment "news" media as a whole... and that includes CNN folks. R U kidding me? The press is EVIL]. I can only say one thing at this point: the END may very well be near [China, Haiti, Chile, Floods in Europe-Brasil, Africa]. The EARTH is definitely crumbling, this tiny, gorgeous planet is going, and I truly truly feel for all animals in nature, for beautiful centenary trees, rare orchids, and the seas. I feel nothing for the fate of us humans nonetheless, for WE do this to ourselves and deserve no better than the awful end we bring upon ourselves. We are mean, we are liars, we disrupt, destruct, and we laugh at others' pain and misery after ruining their character with speculatory disgrace. And any response to my post will affect me NOT; we are all going to the same dust in the universe. WE ARE NOTHING.

1695 days ago
134.

no religion please    

Brittany died of complications from H1N1 influenza and that is what no one who knows, wants YOU to know.

1695 days ago
135.

no religion please    

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/17/politics/washingtonpost/main5392887.shtml

And frankly, I don't give a F*^%$ what you think of me. Just read the article above. No religion.... PLEASE.

1695 days ago
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