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Coroner: No Criminal Charges In Brittany Murphy's Death Case

Feb. 4 2010, Published 9:28 a.m. ET

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In a new interview with, Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter confirms that there will be no criminal charges in the death of Brittany Murphy. He also reveals that not only was Murphy's death preventable, but that she already had an appointment to see a doctor within the same week she passed away.

"There will not be any criminal charges in this case," Winter confirmed. "Brittany Murphy was not a juvenile who was directly in her parents care she was an adult."

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The coroner’s office released a statement Thursday morning stating that Murphy suffered from pneumonia, but also had iron deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication.

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“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," he added.

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“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.

"I do not believe that they were to blame," Winter said. "Brittany Murphy last visited her doctor two months before and we spoke with him fully too."

The weekend she passed away, 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 surmised.



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