Brittany Murphy's Autopsy Completed

Celebrity News Dec. 21, 2009 AT 6:02PM
Brittany Murphy's Autopsy Completed Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

Less than 36 hours after Brittany Murphy's death Sunday, L.A. County Coroners have completed the autopsy on her body, UsMagazine.com has learned.

The determination of Murphy's cause of death, however, will be deferred, "pending the rest of the other tests including toxicology, neuropathology [brain analysis], and histiopathology [analysis of other organs]," LA County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter tells Us. This process typically takes four to six weeks, Winter explains. He adds that examiners found "no evidence of trauma to the body."

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The 32 year-old actress was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m. at L.A. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; she was rushed to the hospital from her Hollywood Hills home.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Murphy died of cardiac arrest. Winter has said earlier that the death "appears to be natural."

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Yet her father Angelo Bertolotti told Us that "Brittany never had a heart problem before, so I don't understand how she died."

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Murphy had been "taking presciption meds for flu-like symptoms" for several days, and began vomiting early Sunday morning, TMZ reports. At recent appearances before her death, she raised eyebrows with an emaciated, gaunt frame. Production sources told TheWrap that Murphy was "barely there" when she recently shot the film Something Wicked in Oregon. "She'd go in and out of consciousness in the middle of takes."

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