Brittany Murphy’s bedroom was a virtual pharmacopoeia of drugs, including: Topamax (anti-seizure meds also to prevent migraines), 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.
Given the quantity and types of drugs discovered, police are looking into a possible deadly reaction to the combination. The Los Angeles Coroner’s office is furious over the release of these details and is launching an formal investigation into the matter. It is speculated that TMZ.com paid someone for the information.
According to the British tabloid The Sun, Brittany became hooked on painkillers after a series of plastic surgery operations. She was reported to have been “unsteady on her feet” at the Hollywood premiere of her new movie “Across The Hall,” which opened about three weeks ago. Police investigation notes reveal that Murphy “had been complaining of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain” for 7 to 10 days before her death, which suggests she was taking a dangerous combination of medicines at that time. According to said notes Brittany went into her bathroom Sunday morning at 7:30 and closed the door. A half-hour later her mother, Sharon, opened the bathroom door and found Brittany lying unconscious on the floor. She called 911 and as Brittany’s husband Simon “attempted to revive her by putting her in the shower and running the water.” Brittany remained unresponsive.
Police are seeking to question her husband Simon Monjack (and others) in Brittany’s death. Monjack inspired questions about himself when he tried to prevent the Coroner’s Office from performing an autopsy on Brittany’s body. It was conducted yesterday. The results so far are inconclusive pending toxicology reports, which are due in four to six weeks.
Monjack and Murphy were wed in 2007 after a whirlwind romance, and since then friends and acquaintances have spoken out about their concerns surrounding their relationship and Monjack’s business dealings. A 2006 court judgment for $500,000 was made against him by the Coutts and Company bank, and it is claimed he was evicted from his New York flat in 2005 after failing to pay $8,000 in rent.
The actress may have been under stress lately because she was allegedly fired from a new film “The Caller” because of “difficult behavior.” Her agent, however, said she quit due to “creative differences”. One friend said: “We have been very worried something like this was about to happen. Brittany has been living life on the edge. She definitely had a drug problem and we have all begged her to seek help. Sadly our words fell on deaf ears.”