Brittany Murphy’s Death: Early Signs Point to Natural Causes

Celebuzz / December 21, 2009

Contradicting speculation that actress Brittany Murphy’s death at the age of 32 on Sunday might have been the result of drugs or foul play, officials from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office say that the Clueless thesp’s passing was likely the result of natural causes, PopEater reports.

According to the Captain John Kades of the Coroner’s Office,

“Foul play is not suspected at this time because there were no outward signs of trauma or other injuries.”

Murphy was found unconscious at approximately 8 a.m. by her mother Sharon in the shower of the actress’ Los Angeles home and, after paramedics were unable to revive her, she was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m.

The actress had reportedly been suffering from flu-like symptoms in the days prior to her death, and had been vomiting early Sunday morning. In addition, Murphy’s mother told paramedics that her daughter suffered from diabetes.

While no illegal drugs were found during a preliminary search of Murphy’s home, she was likely taking a variety of prescription medications.

Despite her husband Simon Monjack’s objections at the hospital, the Coroner’s Office will be performing an autopsy on Murphy, perhaps as early as today. According to Kades of the Coroner’s Office,

“We don’t have an autopsy scheduled yet, but we will do it as soon as possible. Given all the worldwide attention, if we can get it done [Monday], we will.”