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Brittany Murphy: Hoard of prescription drugs found in home

Published 23/12/2009

Brittany Murphy who has died aged 32
Brittany Murphy who has died aged 32
Clare Staples, a neighbor of actress Brittany Murphy, tells media she saw paramedics working on Murphy and that she appeared deceased as they removed her from her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009
Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter arrives at the home of actress Brittany Murphy's husband British screenwriter Simon Monjack, in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009.
The home of actress Brittany Murphy's husband British screenwriter Simon Monjack, in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Police officers stand outside the home of actress Brittany Murphy's husband British screenwriter Simon Monjack, in Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter is interviewed as he leaves the home of actress Brittany Murphy's husband British screenwriter Simon Monjack
Brittany Murphy arrives to the Inaugural Avant-Garde Gala hosted by W Magazine & LACMA held at LACMA BCAM on March 8, 2008
Brittany Murphy attends the Prada Los Angeles screening of 'Trembled Blossoms' at Prada Beverly Hills Epicenter on March 19, 2008
Brittany Murphy arrives at the Premiere Lounge after party for 'The Dead Girl' during AFI FEST 2006 presented by Audi held at Sideways Restaurant & Lounge on November 7, 2006 in Hollywood, California

An array of strong prescription drugs found in Brittany Murphy's bedroom was revealed yesterday as her husband faced questions over her death.

An officer from the Los Angeles County Coroner's department investigating the 32-year-old star's death found the medication on her bedside table.

The drugs were made out to Miss Murphy with other bottles, some empty, also made out to her mother Sharon Murphy, husband Simon Monjack and some unidentified individuals.

According to the investigator's notes, the medications included: Topamax (anti-seizure medication also to prevent migraines), Methylprednisolone (anti-inflammatory), Fluoxetine (depression), Klonopin (anxiety), Carbamazepine (treats diabetic symptoms and is also a bipolar medication), Ativan (anxiety), Vicoprofen (pain reliever), Propranolol (hypertension, used to prevent heart attacks), Biaxin (antibiotic), Hydrocodone (pain) and various vitamins.

Celebrity news website TMZ claims the investigator, called Blacklock, said: “No alcohol containers, paraphernalia or illegal drugs were discovered.”

Blacklock added: “The night prior to her death, the decedent had consumed some noodles, leftover Thai food, Gatorade, water and tea with lemon.”

The notes also say Brittany had a history of hypoglycemia and was hospitalised in April 2009 for low blood sugar while on location in Oregon.

Investigator Blacklock said Mr Monjack (39) and her mother made a frantic attempt to revive the star, who had collapsed in the bathroom, before paramedics arrived.

The actress “had been complaining of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain” for seven to 10 days prior to her death. According to the notes, Miss Murphy went into the bathroom at around 7:30am on Sunday and shut the door.

Thirty minutes later Brittany's mother Sharon went to check on her daughter, opened the bathroom door and “discovered the decedent lying on the floor unresponsive”.

According to the notes, Sharon yelled for help. Brittany's husband, who was in bed, heard the screams and ran to the bathroom.

Sharon called 911 and Mr Monjack “attempted to revive the decedent by placing her in the shower and running the water”.

The notes continue: “The decedent remained unresponsive and purged her stomach contents prior to the arrival of the paramedics.”

When the paramedics arrived, Brittany was “without signs of life”.

It is expected Mr Monjack will be questioned over his wife's death. He is one of several people who will be interviewed by the authorities about Miss Murphy's final hours.

Mr Monjack told the investigator during the seven to 10 days prior to her death Miss Murphy complained of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pains but he was not overly alarmed because “she often suffered from severe menstrual pains”.

Investigator Blacklock spoke with police at the scene who told him “foul play is not suspected”.

Last night screenwriter Monjack said his world had been destroyed by the death of his wife.

Speaking for the first time since the actress died on Sunday, he told Access Hollywood — a celebrity TV show and website — that the day she collapsed had been just a “regular day”.

“Sharon went into the bathroom because Brittany had been in there a long time. Her mom screamed for me and I ran. Then called 911,” he said.

Miss Murphy had been ill in the days leading up to her death and had seen a doctor, confirmed Mr Monjack.

“She had laryngitis. She had been tired at the end of the year. She had made a couple movies,” he said. He hit out at suggestions that his presence in her life had had a negative impact. “I don’t know why anyone would think that,” he said. “She found love. We found love. Brittany didn’t get to where Brittany was with anyone controlling her. Brittany was Brittany.”

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