The untimely, sudden death of Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy in 2009 came as a shock to many, leaving several confused as to how the star actually died. This since details from her death are spotty and there are a mix of questionable insights from only some reliable sources. The star of such movies as Clueless, Uptown Girls, and 8 Mile (with rapper Eminem) who also provided the voice of Luanne Platter on the TV show King of the Hill was only 32-years-old when she was found unconscious in her home.
There have been many trending theories as to what actually caused Brittany Murphy’s death. Murphy’s father Angelo Bertolotti suspected foul play in which Murphy was intentionally poisoned. He mentioned this to a news outlet, leaving out who he believed to be responsible.
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The Girl, Interrupted star collapsed in the bathroom of her home on December 20, 2009, days before Christmas. The Los Angeles Fire Department received a call for “medical request” and transported her from her Hollywood Hills, California home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she died after suffering cardiac arrest.
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter announced that the star’s tragic death appeared to be from natural causes. The next day, an autopsy report pinpointed the cause of death to be three main factors: acute pneumonia, iron-deficiency anemia, and drug intoxication of both prescription medications and over the counter medications.
The star had hydrocodone, acetaminophen, L-methamphetamine, and chlorpheniramine in her system. None of the drugs she’d consumed were illegal; it was assumed she was taking them to combat an illness that was accounted for late on.
Another potential piece in the complex puzzle in the actress’s death is toxic mold. Murphy’s mother Sharon Murphy did not believe that both her son-in-law and daughter’s death were due to pneumonia. She found one of the coroner’s toxicology reports that mentioned toxic mold may have been a factor within the deaths. Using this information, Brittany’s mother sued the builders and received a settlement of $600,000. The Los Angeles County Coroner still did not take toxic mold into account in the two deaths.
The Death of Murphy’s Husband Simon Monjack
To make things even more strange, Murphy’s husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack, died five months after the Hollywood star and was found in the couples’ home by Murphy’s mother. Monjack, whom Murphy had just married two years prior to their deaths, reportedly died of the same causes, which raised more doubt involving the star’s death.
After an autopsy was conducted, the Coroner’s office shed light into the “unhealthy environment” in which the couple lived and how badly they treated their bodies. Both Murphy and Monjack were exposed to a bug in Puerto Rico while on the set of The Caller, a horror film in which they were both intended to co-star but were later dropped from.
Murphy’s state worsened, while her husband seemed to be fine. Ultimately, coroners believed the couple both died from pneumonia and severe anemia. Murphy then overdosed on over the counter meds, while Monjack’s death was from an overdose from prescription drugs.
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Several family members, fans, and various “insiders” claimed there were signs of drug abuse. Many believe the star was also potentially suicidal and had marital problems. Unfortunately, we still do not know what really happened to the Clueless star, but we do know that she left the world too soon.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on August 26, 2019.