On the morning of December 20, 2009, Sharon Murphy called for help, panicked, after finding her daughter Brittany Murphy, star of the films 8 Miles, Clueless and Sin City, collapsed and unconscious on the floor of her bathroom. The 32-year-old actress and singer’s mother begs the paramedic she has on the phone – “My daughter is unconscious! Please come quick!” – and the latter hastens to give him the instructions to perform cardiac massage. Only in the background of the recording of the call, we distinctly hear the voice of Simon Monjack, husband of Brittany Murphy, counting way too slowly to perform the cardiac massage. Desperate, Sharon Murphy explains to the rescuer that her daughter “didn’t feel well” and that she “had a cold”, before screaming in agony, “Brittany, please wake up!”. Transported to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Brittany Murphy died shortly after on December 20, at 10:05 a.m.

Autopsy results

After the death of Brittany Murphy, an autopsy was carried out despite the protests of her husband who, on the set of a talk show, had opposed this practice by justifying himself in a very indelicate way which quickly shocked the general public. “You have this woman who just lost her daughter. This immaculate body with curves in just the right place and silky skin. How can I tell her mother to butcher her?”. A remark that added to the already long list of elements reproached to Simon Monjack, British screenwriter married to Brittany Murphy since 2007. According to several remarks by relatives of the actress and her mother quoted in the HBO documentary “What happened, Brittany Murphy?”, Simon Monjack not only lied about his identity by hiding his previous marriages and the children he had had from his wife, but he also sought to isolate Brittany Murphy from the rest of the world. And he succeeded.

According to the results of the autopsy performed on February 4, 2010, Brittany Murphy died of pneumonia aggravated by severe anemia. The iron deficiency in the singer’s blood system was such that it became a real threat to her life. If the number of red blood cells in his blood was so low, it is in particular because of the heavy periods from which Brittany Murphy suffered. Anemic, the 32-year-old fought for several weeks against pneumonia until the latter took over. But was Brittany Murphy taking care of herself? Yes, and maybe even a little too much.

The autopsy report reveals that no less than 14 different drugs were in his system at the time of his death, and a second analysis revealed 10 more. Most of these medications were also not prescribed for Brittany Murphy, meaning she was taking them without medical advice. The cocktail of all these drugs – antiepileptic, antidepressants, beta-blockers, asthma inhaler – continued to weaken his body which, on December 20, 2009, was no longer able to fight against the bacterial infection that had spread to his lungs. , his bronchi and elsewhere. If Brittany Murphy was in such a state of exhaustion, why wasn’t she taken to the hospital?

External factors

The answer seems to be on the side of Simon Monjack, this mysterious British little known to the general public who, when he landed in the life of Brittany Murphy, seems to have swept away everything else around her. According to Elizabeth Ragsdale, a former fiancé of Simon Monjack with whom she had a child, “even though he didn’t kill her, he left her to die because he didn’t take her to the doctor and did not seek help”. Suffering from several illnesses requiring treatment, Monjack was reportedly against any outing that could lead to hype, refusing to go to the hospital even though he said in February 2010 that Brittany knew she was in the process. to die. On the set of the talk show hosted by Larry King, Monjack explained that when she woke up the day she died, the young woman told her husband and mother that she “couldn’t breathe”. She would even go out to breathe the fresh air and say to her mother “Mom, I’m dying, I love you”.

Brittany Murphy was aware of the seriousness of her condition, but her husband had complete control over her and she was far too weak at this point to protest. Relatives of the actress report, still in the HBO documentary, that Monjack had pushed his wife to fire her entire team to become the only person she would need. “Simon was his agent, manager, lawyer, everything.” Director Alex Merkin, who worked with Brittany Murphy in 2008, adds that the actress didn’t even have access to her own email. “She couldn’t handle her phone either, and if I wanted to reach her, I had to go through Simon.”

The real cause of death

If it is pneumonia aggravated by her severe anemia that Brittany Murphy died, it is clear that other elements are to be taken into consideration. The toxic relationship she had with Simon Monjack isolated the 32-year-old from all her friends and loved ones, and pushed her to live in isolation in their large Los Angeles mansion. Controlled by her husband, she did not benefit from the medical help she would have needed and which, according to the medical examiner who carried out her autopsy, could have saved her life. Despite all the analysis done, rumors about Brittany Murphy’s cause of death still swirl, especially since her husband Simon Monjack died five months later, on May 23, 2010, in the same house that some consider haunted and the same symptoms as his wife.

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Lara T.
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