How Could This Have Happened To Brittany Murphy? Expert Doctors Weigh In On Her Sudden Death

Mon, December 21, 2009 9:16am EST by 2 Comments

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She was only 32-years-old, so what could have caused Brittany Murphy to collapse from cardiac arrest on Dec. 20 in her LA home?  “It is very uncommon to die suddenly [at 32],” Dr. Laura Fisher, an internist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, tells HollywoodLife.com.  “This is very, very uncommon.”

While Brittany’s mom, Sharon Murphy, told 911 that her daughter had type 2 diabetes, Dr. Fisher says that someone as young as Brittany “usually [doesn’t] die” from the disease.”

Dr. Len Horovitz, an internist and lung specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York agrees:  “This is very rare for a healthy 32-year-old girl to go into cardiac arrest, unless there are drugs involved, or a congenital heart disease … Type 2 diabetes would be unusual in a thin person like Brittany.”

The best explanation for the collapse, says Dr. Horovitz, would be Brittany’s very low body weight. Responding to reports that Brittany was looking extremely thin at recent events, Dr. Horovitz says, “Electrolyte imbalance [caused by not eating enough or drinking enough fluids] can cause someone to be low in potassium, and low potassium can cause cardiac arrest. Laxatives can also cause low potassium and arrhythmia. Prescription drug use, diuretics and laxatives alone will result in cardiac arrest.”

Brittany may have been suffering from heart disease, and she might not have even known it! “She could have had true heart disease. There are several things that could have happened when it comes to her heart. Real obstruction, coronary artery spasm, or a clotting disorder which makes you form clots. There would be no signs of that, there would be no way of her knowing,” says Dr. Marianne Legato, an internist at Columbia University.

“Sometimes the only way you know is the very first episode,” says Dr. Horovitz. —Corynne Steindler & Chloe Melas

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Bubbles13

Posted at 7:30 PM on December 22, 2009  

They said rare and unusual, not can’t or impossible. The point is that there are more probable causes of death than diabetes alone but diabetes may have been an augmenting factor. I think that the validity of the condition is questionable because IF there was an eating disorder involved, feigning type II diabetes would be a good excuse for avoiding high sugar foods and “unhealthy” food. Of course, all of this is speculation and looking for all possible causes and investigate the most likely causes first.

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chibichan

Posted at 2:30 AM on December 22, 2009  

”This is very rare for a healthy 32-year-old girl to go into cardiac arrest, unless there are drugs involved, or a congenital heart disease … Type 2 diabetes would be unusual in a thin person like Brittany.”—so obviously Brittany wasn’t healthy in the last few months, and just because she’s “thin” doesn’t mean she can’t have type 2 diabetes. My uncle had it, wasn’t overweight at all, and he died just like Brittany because he hadn’t been taking care of his diabetes. What a crap load!

“While Brittany’s mom, Sharon Murphy, told 911 that her daughter had type 2 diabetes, Dr. Fisher says that someone as young as Brittany “usually [doesn’t] die” from the disease.”—These days dying young, and from diabetes really isn’t all that uncommon. If you don’t take care of your diabetes you can go into cardiac arrest, lose limbs, or even go into a coma, and it really doesn’t take all that long for it to happen. Diabetes affects young people more than you think!! Moron doctors!

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