UPDATED: Brittany Murphy had heart condition, yet rumors still swirl on cause of death.
I woke up to the news that Actress Brittany Murphy had died. As actresses goes, she seemed to be relatively cool one, and really quite a beauty. To bad she didn’t know it.
Murphy died of cardiac arrest at age 32.
Rumors of drug use, anorexia and plastic surgery addiction are swirling, (updated 12/22) however now there is a report of an admitted heart condition.
The paparazzi vultures are all over this story at the moment, so as I bounced between TMZ and Huffington, the reports are all over the place, so I’ll keep an eye on the loss of this young talent.
But my gut tells me that the toxicology reports will come back with some sort of cause of death associated with the actresses recently shrinking frame and fragile appearance of someone who perhaps could not, would not, did not seek help for her ED.
Hooray for Hollywood,
UPDATED 12/22/09…more information on reported heart condition, eating disorder and/or drug abuse
Brittany Murphy’s husband told Access Hollywood that she had laryngitis (days leading up to her death) but it didn’t seem that serious.
The 32-year-old, who appeared in films such as Clueless, 8 Mile and Girl, Interrupted, recently admitted to a journalist she was too thin.
“I am a bit thinner now than what I would like to be,” she told Fox News at a fashion event on December 3.
“I was a ballerina for a long time,” she told Fox News.
“I still take ballet lessons now – what it does to your body is incredible.”
Two days prior to that interview, the petite actress appeared thinner than usual in a smart black jumpsuit at the Los Angeles opening of her new film, Across the Hall.
Reported Heart Condition
“It appears to be natural,” L.A. County assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said yesterday. An autopsy was scheduled for yesterday, but results of toxicology tests may take weeks.
A heart attack doesn’t seem so far-fetched: In ’01, Murphy revealed that she had struggled with an unspecified heart condition since childhood.
Murphy had also told The Wrap columnist Michael Adams she had a heart condition “several years ago”.
“It was in an interview about (2001 film) Sidewalks Of New York but I asked her about other projects and she mentioned Spun,” Adams told The Wrap.
“I asked her – as a joke – if she’d taken meth for research and she laughed and said even if she wanted to she couldn’t take drugs because she’d had a heart condition since she was a little girl.”
Many reports tell that Brittany was “out of it” on the set. Rumours of prescription drug abuse and health problems continue to swirl around her death, even as one of the star’s former directors defended her reputation.
Film industry news and gossip site The Wrap reported Murphy barely made it through the film she shot prior to The Caller.
“Her husband was her handler, he shuttled her around,” an unnamed source from horror film Something Wicked told the site.
“She was barely there.
“She’d go in and out of consciousness in the middle of takes.”
The director of ’90s smash hit Clueless, Amy Heckerling, spoke to the site about the drug rumours.
“Everybody’s shaking their heads and going ‘drugs’, of course,” she told The Wrap.
“I don’t know what was happening on the last movie.
“I know that, you know, she seemed to go through a change … on Clueless.
“Maybe she felt like she was not the, like, skinny, pretty girl, you know?
“And then the next few movies she was, you know, thinner, blonde … and going out with Eminem and Ashton Kutcher, and, you know, suddenly got more into that whole glamorous scene.
“I think she felt the pressure to become a different sort of commodity to survive in show business, and I think it was awful.”