The death of Brittany Murphy at age 32 was without a doubt an unthinkable tragedy—one that could’ve been avoided, according to a recent report.
Pathologist Richard Shepherd said the Clueless actress could possibly be alive today had her mother Sharon called 911 when Brittany first had trouble breathing—24 hours before she was officially pronounced dead.
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“By the time Brittany collapsed in her bathroom there was probably nothing the paramedics or hospital staff could have done to save her,” Dr. Shepherd explained. “But had she been taken to the hospital 24 hours earlier and given intravenous drugs, there is a very good chance she would have survived and would still be here today.”
Despite this, Dr. Shepherd made it clear he doesn’t blame Sharon for Brittany’s death.
“Brittany was so sedated it’s quite possible neither Simon [Monjack, her husband] nor Sharon had any idea how ill she actually was. That may be the reason why they didn’t call an ambulance,” he explained.
Ultimately, a coroner cited pneumonia with secondary factors of anemia and multiple drug intoxication as the cause of Brittany’s death, though it remains heavily debated.
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Angelo Bertolotti, Brittany’s father, has been seeking answers since a November 2013 private toxicology report allegedly revealed large quantities of “heavy metals” (commonly found in rodenticides and insecticides) in the actress' body.