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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Brittany Murphy autopsy report leaked, coroner 'furious'

The Brittany Murphy autopsy report has been leaked.
The Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says he's "furious" that the initial Brittany Murphy autopsy report was leaked from his office. Murphy died last Sunday after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. She was 32 years old.

Details from the report were obtained by celebrity gossip website TMZ, which included notes written by an "Investigator Blacklock" and contained information that Murphy "had been complaining of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain" for over a week before her death.

The notes also listed "large amounts of prescription medication" that was issued in Murphy's name, including the anti-migraine medication Topamax, anxiety medications Klonopin and Ativan, and pain relievers Vicoprofen and Hydrocodone. No illegal drugs were found. The lengthy list of pills is likely to have contributed to why the coroner's office needs 5 to 6 weeks to run toxicology tests before officially stating how Brittany Murphy died.

Winter says he's most irritated because it is office policy to never release partial information about a case. TMZ editor Harvey Levin told Winter that the report was not obtained directly from the investigator, but declined to disclose the actual source.

Brittany Murphy starred in a number of different movies, and her biggest success was as the voice of Luanne Platter on Fox's animated series King of the Hill for more than a decade.

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