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Talk of Anorexia, Drugs Surround Murphy’s Death

brittany-murphyAlmost as soon as the announcement of the death of Brittany Murphy was made public, the online media began floating discussions of possible drug use or anorexia as the cause.

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton posted on his blog: "People just don't typically die at 32 of natural causes!!!!!!! Absolutely devastating. Especially because this comes as no surprise! We, and those who knew Brittany personally, saw this coming. That does not make this any less horrible."

Many others were making the leap, still unconfirmed, that the heart attack was caused by drug use.  EmbeddedIn.LA tweeted:  "Brittnay Murphy dead at 32 - heart attack aka ODed. Don't risk your life using drugs. Life is too short."

Jason Calacanis of Mahalo.com tweeted what a lot of people were thinking: "32 yearold heart attack in Hollywood Sat night? suspect."

Others have suggested that the actress' weight may have played a role in her death.  Just three years ago Murphy was forced to respond to critics who noted that she appeared to be getting even thinner, perhaps dangerously so.

The actress spoke out:  ""I'm the same size I was in Clueless; it's just that the weight in your face changes as you grow and get older. I used to feel embarrassed about being too tiny. I had a publicist at the time who told me that I should cover my arms up in photos. She felt that if I did that, they would stop picking on me.  She meant well, but it made me really self-conscious. Then I came to terms with it ... This is my body; I'm proud of it, so who cares?"

Not all the online reaction was drug or anorexia-related. 

Actor and Twitter super-star Ashton Kutcher, who co-starred with Murphy in the film 'Just Married' and once dated the actress tweeted two messages on Sunday afternoon:  "2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon."  followed by: "see you on the other side kid." 

The LA County Coroner is taking control of Murphy's body from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.  The LAPD has announced that it will launch a death investigation.

"In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy," said a family representative.

34 Responses »

  1. people want to think she was on drugs or doing something dangerous. the idea of a 32 year old in good health having a heart attack is just too disturbing for people to handle.

    people need to understand that life is short! sometimes people just die for no reason...

    value every moment.

    • that is too true. these things can happen, and people need to stop bringing up drugs as soon as it happens

      rest in peace

    • A cause of death will surely be discovered. It is extremely rare for a 32 year old to die for no apparent reason. I agree one should live life to the fullest.

      • I agree, let this be a lesson to value life, family and friends. . .

        We all love and miss you Britney, may you rest in peace and you memory never be forgotten. . . .

    • human nature - read Kevin's response, reckon you'll find a possible answer there because the truth of the matter is, 32-year-olds DO die of heart attacks when anorexia and/or drugs are involved.

    • It is highly unusual for someone of this age to drop dead of cardiac arrest. If there is an unidentified congenital heart defect, it usually manifests earlier and during some sort of strenuous activity. In addition, the actress was repeatedly suspected of being anorexic and/or bulimic. Sudden cardiac arrest is quite common among bulimics in particular because of electrolyte imbalances. We know so much about the dangers of bulimia and anorexia, yet Hollywood and the fashion industry continues to hold up super-skinny models as the ideal.

      What we need is a good, old-fashioned boycott. If all the women of the world stopped buying fashion magazines and only supported clothing lines that used realistic models (with no airbrushing) we might actually start making some headway in this twisted industry.

  2. It is not unheard of for young people to die of heart problems; we see it happen to young athletes all the time. People live with heart anomalies they never know are there, many times they are genetic/congenital. Like "human nature" says in the other post, life is short. None of us are promised another day or another hour.

  3. Very sad. One of my favorite actresses by far. May she rest in peace....

  4. Uh... it's more about her track record of behavior that is consistent with someone who has a drug addiction. More times than not, a 32 year old does not just drop dead of a heart attack without drugs as the primary cause of death. I am sorry that she had to die but it is not at all a far stretch to suspect a drug related cause for her untimely death. People DO need to realize that life is too short...don't do drugs!

  5. SHE WAS A WONDERFUL ACTRESS!!! WE ARE ALL HEART BROKEN BY THE LOST!! MAY THE LORD WATCH OVER HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THE LORD TOOK HIS ANGEL BACK WITH HIM.

    REST IN PEACE BRIT!!! FLY AWAY!!!

  6. What kind of fuckin' fool tweets about the death of someone who was supposedly close to him using moronic fucking shorthand like "2"?

    Kutcher, you are a brainless fuck...did you take time out from your busy schedule to pen those heartfelt words?

    • to chalabanda: so quick to judge Ashton, what kind of person do you think you seem like using that kind of language just because he used a little shorthand like most of us. Seems 2 me u might b a little bit 2 critical in judging someone.Lifes 2 short 2 b happy!!

      • the reason for the shorthand is that twitter only allows a certain amount of characters, so a longer message requires some shortcuts. ashton is surpisingly intelligent, actually

    • I have to agree with Chalabanda. But to tweet about it in the first place is rather crass.

    • I agree, that was a little weird, maybe a sign of the times??? But isnt he like in his 30's, not a teenager anymore.

  7. FYI! Brittnay had diabetes. This may have also been a cause. May she rest in peace. Please pray for her Mom to have strength. She found her unconsious in the shower.

  8. I cant beleive this. It seems way to soon. Brittany is one of my fav. actress. This yr. has been filled with deaths. Some for me personally. R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

  9. It was drugs, come on...HOLLYWOOD.

  10. Honestly, I believe she died from complications of anorexia..she was so thin the last pic I saw of her..almost skeletal..and remember, Karen Carpenter died the same way ..and at the same age..

  11. Does it really matter what she died from? The fact that she was young says to me that the world has lost one of thiers.

  12. so what if she was using drugs damn it get over it everyone its her life she was a grown women, no one is perfect it seems like everyone in this world uses some type of drug. we have no right to say it was drugs, she could of been dealing with some serious problems and people should lay off, her poor family doesnt need to read about stupid shit everyone posts on these. let her rest in peace please and stop with the gossip let it be speak the truth.

  13. It may have been caused by the complications associated with anorexia. She was obviously very, very thin. Anorexia shrinks the heart and can cause heart palpitations. Many anorexia sufferers cannot absorb the necessary vitamins, like calcium, which can cause heart irregularities. Finally, it is not uncommon for an anorexic's potassium levels to drop to dangerous levels -- if that happens, the heart cycle is thrown off, resulting in an arrhythmia from which she doesn't recover. In other words, she suffers a heart attack.

    For those suffering from eating disorders, I hope Ms Murphy's unfortunate death motivates them to seek the help they need.

  14. First thing that I thought when I saw the news of her death that it was definitely associated with an eating disorder.

  15. I was annorexic for so long, and Brittany always has been one of, the biggest Idols in this scene...and she never disclaimed being ProANA. I`m in that shit for 16 years right now, and I know an annorexic, purging girl, when I see it. She was deep in this disorder...I always thought this. Now its to late. I hope her dead arouse some girls...hope, pray and wish. God bless Brittany. (sorry for my english-I´m from germany and I never learned your language in school)
    Best wishes from germany! mimoschka

  16. britany was a drug addict. everyone in hollywood knew she couldnt remember her lines or show up on set on time because she and her mother were addicted to uppers and downers. she went through 6 agents and managers in the last 3 years because she refused to admit she needed help. her mother and simon moonjack that criminal husband she married are hiding the truth. they should be behind bars for helping to kill her.

  17. Eitherway, we'll miss you so much! Great spirit and a fun person to be around.

  18. We'll miss you much! You were one of my favorites, as you always were yourself...RIP Darling!

  19. Human nature says-If you are 5'6 and weigh 90 pounds you are not in good health.Brittany was on a strict vegan/vegetarian diet.Your body needs some fats,protien, and diary to survive.She was basically an anorexic.She was probably having symptoms all month and just ignored them.If your anorexic and you mix it with pain killers,you are going to eventially die.Nobody could survive that. Gymnasts and Figure skaters eat more fat,protien and diary than Brittany was.

  20. SHE WAS LOVED AND WILL BE MISSED MY HEART GOES OUT TO HER FAMILY, & FRIENDS MAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN KNOWING SHE'S IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE, THE LORD PICKS HIS FLOWERS TO BLOOM IN HIS GARDEN, FOR ETERNITY. TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SOMETHING NEGATIVE TO SAY..... TAKE A LOOK @ YOUR OWN LIFE BEFORE PASSING JUDGEMENT ON OTHERS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT! THOSE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN'T THROW STONES.......... R.I.P BEAUTIFUL SOUL

  21. If it was from an eating disorder, I do have to ask how many more young women have to die to meet our superficial society's screwed up ideal of "beauty"?

  22. There will be more and more celebrities kicking the bucket at a young age, at the rate were going with weight loss problems. Women in Hollywood no longer look good. They all look like crack whores, hell, I'm sure some crack whores look better than celebrities!! My guess is this young woman died from complications of anorexia because she had a medical condition called diabetes. Diabetes affects all the organd and anorexia is nothing to mess with!

  23. I agree with the couple of emails that people sent. Who cares WHY, the fact that this beautiful soul died at such a young age and just when her life was really starting (personally anyways). The only people who need or deserve the truth to her death is her family and friends.

    I can't believe how judgemental and harsh some of the comments above are. Don't any of you know the rule: If You Can't Say Something Nice, Don't Say Anything At All.

    Our hearts go out to her hubby, mommy and the rest of the people who loved her. R.I.P. Brittany, see you in your movies.

  24. How sad all of the holier than thou rants when no one knows if it was a weight problem that killed her. Soceital prejudice against people over their weight and attributing weight to mental illness is such an obsession that taking such a non-herdlike stance on some websites is just as bad as complimenting a goodlooking man because it ends up getting censored. But the truth is that no one can judg a book by its cover and trotting out all the crap about women's weight issues before the coroners report was even issued was in such poor taste. Not all thin women have weight issues. Some are just thin.

  25. God, some people write some sancimonious ****! She was just another unfortunate victim of Tinsletwon mentality. IF she had a heart condition and/or diabetes, like some say she did, she would have served herself a lot better by dealing with her OBVIOUS anorexia, and ?? drug addiction. She's just another statistic, proving once again, that self obsession, ego, and neurosis, far outweigh humility and common sense, in the race to 'stardom' and 'fame'.