Losing a loved one is never easy to deal with. Knowing you may have been able to prevent their death is even worse.
As news came out Thursday that actress Brittany Murphy’s death on Dec. 20, 2009 was preventable, fans and the curious continue to wonder if all was done to prevent the 32-year-old’s death in her Hollywood Hills home.
Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter informed the media that there will be no criminal charges in the death of Murphy, who collapsed in her shower the Sunday before Christmas. He also revealed that not only was Murphy’s death preventable, but that she already had a scheduled appointment to see a doctor within the same week she died.
“There will not be any criminal charges in this case,” Winter told radaronline.com. “Brittany Murphy was not a juvenile who was directly in her parents care she was an adult.” That being said, did her husband and mother see the signs that their loved one was in serious trouble?
The coroner’s office said Thursday morning that Murphy suffered from pneumonia, but also was dealing with iron deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication.
A slew of medications found on Murphy’s nightstand included: Topamax (anti-seizure meds also to prevent migraines), Methylprednisolone (anti-inflammatory), Fluoxetine (depression med), Klonopin (anxiety med), Carbamazepine (treats Diabetic symptoms and is also a bipolar med), Ativan (anxiety med), Vicoprofen (pain reliever), Propranolol (hypertension, used to prevent heart attacks), Biaxin (antibiotic), Hydrocodone (pain med) and vitamins.
“It is true that I believe her death could have been preventable but she was actually very sick with pneumonia and was anemic and she was taking prescription and over-the-counter medicine,” Winter added.
“Tragically, her mother had made an appointment for her to visit a doctor but she died just a few days before and they will always have to live with that.”
Murphy’s mother Sharon and her husband Simon Monjack has “fully cooperated” with the coroner’s office, according to authorities.
“I do not believe that they were to blame,” Winter said in added comments to radaronline.com. “Brittany Murphy last visited her doctor two months before and we spoke with him fully too.”
The weekend Murphy died, Winter says Sharon and Simon also experienced flu-like symptoms.
“Maybe Brittany Murphy felt she would get better with just a couple of days bed rest as she had picked something up from them,” Winter commented.
As we all know, that was not to be the case.
Something good that can come out this tragedy that could happen to any of us is if you have a loved one who is ill and doesn’t take the initiative to get help, do it for them.
In the case of Brittany Murphy only a matter of days turned out to be a life and death decision.