Coroner: Brittany Murphy Died of Accidental Drug Intake, Pneumonia

Celebrity News Feb. 4, 2010 AT 12:32PM
Coroner: Brittany Murphy Died of Accidental Drug Intake, Pneumonia Credit: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/

Actress Brittany Murphy – who was found dead Dec. 20 at the age of 32 – died of pneumonia "exacerbated" by multiple drug intoxication, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office Chief Investigator Craig Harvey tells Her death has been ruled an accident.

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According to a release Thursday from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, Murphy also suffered from iron deficiency and anemia.

"She wasn’t the healthiest person in the world," Harvey tells Us.

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Though a number of prescription drugs were found in her bedroom, her husband Simon Monjack -- who has denied that Murphy suffered from prescription drug problems or an eating disorder -- has claimed that she was only taking the painkiller Vicoprofen and Fluoxetine, an antidepressant to treat her menstrual cramps.

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Harvey told Us that the specific drugs found in Murphy's system "will be contained in the toxicology report when it is released in a couple weeks."

He said that all drugs were "oral medications."




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