Nearly 6 weeks after her death, the L.A. County Coroner has released Brittany Murphy’s cause of death. TMZ says that the Coroner issued a statement that said Brittany died of community acquired pneumonia, iron deficiency anemia, and multiple drug intoxication. The Coroner also said that it was an accident.
The full autopsy report will be released in a couple of weeks.
Since Nurse Jackie is not here to tell me what any of this means, I went off to the Wikipedia in search of answers. According to them, this is what community acquired pneumonia is: “a disease in which individuals who have not recently been hospitalized develop an infection of the lungs (pneumonia). CAP is a common illness and can affect people of all ages. CAP often causes problems like difficulty in breathing, fever, chest pains, and a cough. CAP occurs because the areas of the lung which absorb oxygen (alveoli) from the atmosphere become filled with fluid and cannot work effectively.”
TMZ added that a source involved in Brittany’s autopsy said that her death could have been prevented if she went to the hospital in time. Instead of receiving the proper treatment at a hospital, Brittany self-medicated with over-the-counter meds, cough syrup and medication for cramps. Brittany already had the sicks in a major way, but the meds took her over the edge. So basically, iron pills and a hospital stay would’ve saved her life. Sads.
And I guess Simon Monjack will have to start singing a new song since his wrongful death lawsuit against Warner Bros. isn’t going to go anywhere.