Brittany Murphy’s family says drugs didn’t kill her
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A month after Brittany Murphy’s mysterious death, her mother and husband say they are convinced the actress died of natural causes, not drugs or an eating disorder.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sharon Murphy and Simon Monjack said that Murphy did not use drugs or alcohol and that they are awaiting a determination from coroner’s officials that will end speculation prescription medicine caused Murphy’s death on Dec. 20 at age 32.
Monjack said some of the prescription medications found in the couple’s Hollywood Hills home belonged to him.
Murphy had mitral valve prolapse, a common condition where a heart valve does not properly close, but doctors said the actress “would live a long and healthy life,” Monjack said.
“She had a fear of dying,” Sharon Murphy said. “She would not take too much caffeine. She wouldn’t even have a glass of champagne on New Year’s. She was just high on life, and people see that as something else I guess.”
Murphy, the star of varied films such as “Clueless,” “8 Mile,” “Sin City” and the television series “King of the Hill,” was buried in a private funeral on Christmas Eve. At the service, Monjack told mourners that the actress was his best friend and soul mate, sentiments he repeated during the Tuesday interview.
Monjack, who married Murphy in 2007, said police and coroner’s officials have not contacted the family to say his wife’s death was from anything other than natural causes.
Authorities continue to investigate her death but do not suspect foul play. An autopsy was inconclusive and coroner’s officials are awaiting the results of toxicology and tissue tests before determining what killed the actress.
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Tuesday that he had not seen Murphy’s autopsy report, but the condition of her heart would be looked at before her cause of death is determined.
Sharon Murphy described the wait for answers as torture. “We wish we knew,” she said.
“She was alive one minute and she was dead the next,” Monjack said.
The pair worked frantically to save Murphy’s life the morning she died, as revealed in a heart-wrenching 911 call where Sharon Murphy implores, “Brittany, please come back!” as Monjack performs CPR.
Sharon Murphy said she has largely ignored tabloid reports that have suggested her daughter abused drugs or had an eating disorder. She said her daughter had always been petite and ate often, but burned it off with an active lifestyle.
Monjack, who has read some of the reports, called them lies based on anonymous sources who weren’t close to Brittany Murphy or him. He said he is considering suing some British outlets for “outright fabrications.”
He said the rumors of her drug use were unfounded and had cost his wife roles in some major films.