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Brittany Murphy death cause pending autopsy

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According to reports from Los Angeles, the cause of death for Brittany Murphy is not foul play, and there are no suspicions of illicit drug use. The cause of death is pending autopsy results that are being performed today.

So far, the cause of death for Brittany Murphy has been ruled as natural. The actress was reportedly diabetic, and was taking flu medications before she collapsed in the shower, suffering cardiac arrest. She had been vomiting. The cause of death is not completely understood yet, has been ruled "naural", and cardiac arrest is the only finding so far.

Diabetics with flu symptoms are especially vulnerable to complications. Vomiting can be a sign of diabetic complications, or flu-related. Multiple prescription medications were found in the home of Brittany Murphy that included medications for her husband, the actress, and Murphy's mother. Until toxicology and autopsy reports are completed, there can only be speculation as to exactly why Brittany Murphy died at the age of 32.

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Diabetes, combined with flu can lead to serious complications. When blood sugar levels rise from illness and fever, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances can occur, which may have played a role in the cause of death for Brittany Murphy. Vomiting can occur as the result of diabetic ketoacidosis. Vomiting is also a symptom of influenza, though the current pandemic has caused mostly respiratory symptoms.

Until an autopsy is completed, the cause of death for Brittany Murphy cannot be known. There are multiple reasons for cardiac arrest in young people. The tragedy of the young actress' demise is no doubt a source of unrest for fans as the cause of Brittany Murphy's death at such a young age really does remain unknown.

So far the coroner has ruled the Brittany Murphy cause of death as natural. We only know she died from cardiac arrest at a young age. A final report stating how Brittany Murphy died may take up to eight weeks.