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Brittany Murphy's Cause of Death Revealed

Brittany Murphy's Cause of Death Revealed

Brittany Murphy died from pneumonia and “iron deficiency anemia” as well as multiple drug intoxication, the Los Angeles County Coroner reported.

The 32-year-old Clueless star’s death was ruled accidental, and TMZ reports that the drugs found in her system were for cramps and over-the-counter medicine, including cough syrup.

Underlying problems of pneumonia and iron deficiency were to blame in what’s believed to have been a preventable death.

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  • Fritz

    Poor little thing. R.I.P. honey. XOXO

  • teri

    We will miss you Brittany. RIP sweetie.

  • ;;;

    how sad. everyone was so quick to judge her and label her a drug addict. it wasn’t even a drug overdose.

  • Kate Bosselin

    if you’re dumb enough to abuse drugs then you deserve to die — plain and simple. yea yea yea I know but it was a disease. blah blah blah. how about never picking up the drug to begin with? dee dee dee

  • yo sista

    Sad! R.I.P :((

  • helloooo

    @Kate Bosselin: youre rude and ignorant

  • Joanne

    RIP Brittany, miss you

  • Cristobal

    @Kate Bosselin: How about you go out, get a STD, don’t treat it then die?

  • Cristobal

    R.I.P. Brittany. =/

  • lo

    The ironic part is that the druggie, Casey Johnson died of natural causes. And this chick, whose husband said didn’t do drugs, dies of a drug overdose.

  • sara

    Lo, can you read? it says she died of pnemonia and an iron deficiency. the “drugs” in her system were for cramps and probably to treat her pnemonia since it was cough syrup. I wish people would learn to read and stop making such idiotic statements. You make yourself look like a moron.

    It sucks that she died and it could’ve been prevented.

  • me

    Casey Johnson didn’t die of natural causes-she died because she was too busy partying to take her insulin.

  • Kate Bosselin

    @Cristobal: then come over so i can accomplish what you ask of me lol

  • Lise


    that’s sad, since it was preventable

    such a talented girl

    she will be missed

  • Cristobal

    @Kate Bosselin: Funny. Even if I did have a STD, I don’t like girls anyway however I am sure you wouldn’t have a problem finding a guy to dive into that vortex you call a vagina.

  • equestriandatingsite

    I hope her husband doens’t milk her death

  • The Boohoo Sisters in Despair

    A very stupid death, so preventable !

  • Angelove

    SOOO SAD!!! I Just loved her acting!!!!!


    So lets have Britney’s husband stand trial for manslaughter too.. since
    he did not take her to the hospital when he knew she was way too
    ill.. This could of been prevented if he took her to the hospital.. instead
    he would rather blame a studio for her death instead..CHARGE HIM


  • geeksdatingsite

    her husband is a loser

  • LYNN

    I feel so sad about death. Most of young women have low iron and and thats because of our monthly. The medicine that they talked about taking most of us take that medicine over the counter for our cramps. I wished she would have talked to her mom more and she would have told her about these things. I dont know about hard drugs but so far I think she should have been in the hospital. Brittney, RIP

  • Caught

    it was just her time =(

  • Kate Bosselin

    @Cristobal: what grade are you in? wow.

  • footballdatingsite

    she should be immortalized in film

  • Kate Bosselin

    there are so many words to describe you; rude, idiotic, foolish, insensitive; etc. etc. but i think the word we should use for you is schadenfreude (taking pleasure in the pain of another person; or the death of another person) which is common in psychopathy. some psychopaths exhibit this behavior. you should have it checked out.

  • lexy

    It’s a shame but as with Heath Ledger – it was preventable. No one forced these people to take drugs and not take care of themselves. Hopefully her deadbeat husband’s lawyer will talk some sense in to him about dropping the suit against WB.

  • hannah


    Except she didn’t die of a drug overdose

  • brightside

    @hannah: What else would you call mutiple drug intoxification if not an overdose? The mutiple drug intoxification might not have been the sole cause of death but was certainly a contributing factor. Any drug, recreation or medicinal, is potentially dangerous when abused and she must have been abusing them for the doctors to use the term ‘multiple drug intoxification’. This isn’t just a few spoonfuls of cough syrup.

  • MIA

    R.I.P. Little Angel. I loved her as an actress. Very sweet and bubbly. She will be missed. :)

  • to lexy

    i doubt the husband will drop the suit against WB. also, any good lawyer will tell you to read the medical examiner’s full report BEFORE you make an announcement that her death was preventable. it’s now public record; read it. i did. i would love to be a fly on the wall when her huband’s lawyer has his first meeting with WB.

  • ++Logan++

    she was far too young to die, that is the bottom line.

  • Shannon

    I wonder if the low iron anemia was as a result of the eating disorder. She was rumoured to have anorexia which I personally believed. She was so thin at one point.

  • Naima

    Wow poor girl, its rather sad to see someone young with all the resources at their disposal be so negligent towards themselves. People die like this who don’t have health care or are from poorer countries. I think her husband is shady and I thought that when she married him, he looks like scum. This girl died because of the poor choices she made, remember people to love yourselves enough to surround yourselves with good people.

  • Violetta

    Very sad about Brittany, she died so young and so needlessly. Why didn’t she go see a doctor about the pneumonia? Was it because she was worried her drug usage and eating disorder would be discovered?

    Lesson for all of us:



    RIP Brittany

  • offtheproperty

    And her husband says he wants to sue Hollywood? Should have took her to see a doctor.

  • brightside

    @Naima: I’m not sure why but your comment made me a little angry. You’re right in that the choices she made killed her but why the comment about people in poor countries. They don’t have a choice – she did. They desperately need help and can’t get it – Brittany had all the help her status in life could have bought but chose to throw her life away instead. It’s not the same.

  • engineersdating

    I loved her body

  • brightside

    @Violetta: I heard of a couple that prayed while their son lay dying rather than get him medical attention that would have saved his life. In my book, surely that is manslaughter by neglect and they were arrested. Brittany’s husband should worry…….

  • lakers fan in boston

    no surprise really
    there’s something really shady about her husband, i use 2 think it was all rumors but lately he keeps talking 2 the media kinda suggests there’s something else going on with him