Yesterday morning 32-year-old actress Brittany Murphy died after collapsing in the bathroom and suffering cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. The coroner official now says it "appears to be natural," and TMZ reports an autopsy will take place either today or tomorrow, despite her British screenwriter husband, Simon Monjack, objecting to one.
The website, which broke the news of the starlet's death, also reports that Murphy was a diabetic and experiencing flu-like symptoms (taking prescription meds for several days for the latter) — on Sunday, she "began vomiting... and told family members she was feeling very ill." When she was found by her mother, there was reportedly a significant amount of vomit around her.
Allegedly there were a lot of prescriptions found in the house, and while Murphy had denied using hard drugs and having an eating disorder in the past — the Daily News reports that her friends had been openly worried about her addiction to Vicodin. The NY Post printed a disturbing quote from the star, where she stated, "My worst vice is caffeine. I am also way too high-strung. I can't even take a Sudafed. Can you imagine? My God. I think my heart would explode. I mean, literally something terrible. That's awful."
Murphy was pronounced dead at 10:04 yesterday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Those who knew her wished their public condolences online; Brooklyn's Brad Walsh posted a photo with her on his website, writing, "Brittany Murphy was not a close friend of mine by any means, but we had several times together and I always found her to be very warm, concerned about other people, and a lot of fun. She was a special person." Meanwhile, her ex-boyfriend Ashton Kutcher Twittered: "2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon. See you on the other side kid."