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Staggering amount of prescription drugs found in Brittany Murphy’s bedroom: report

BY GEORGE RUSH IN NEW YORK AND NANCY DILLON IN LOS ANGELES
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Originally Published:Tuesday, December 22nd 2009, 12:30 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 22nd 2009, 1:49 AM

A staggering trove of powerful prescription medications was recovered from Brittany Murphy’s bedroom after her untimely death, investigative notes obtained by TMZ.com reveal.

The notes from a Los Angeles County coroner investigator say Murphy, 32, had been complaining of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain for seven to 10 days before she went to the bathroom about 7:30 a.m. Sunday and collapsed.

Her mother found her on the floor a half-hour later, according to the notes, and Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, attempted to revive her by placing her in the shower.

“Large amounts” of prescription medications were found on Murphy’s nightstand, and the coroner also found “numerous empty” bottles of prescriptions written to Murphy, her mom, Monjack and unidentified third-party names, the notes said, according to TMZ.

The drugs included the anti-seizure medication Topamax, anti-anxiety medications Klonopin and Ativan, pain relievers Vicoprofen and hydrocodone, depression medication Fluoxetine and hypertension medication Propranolol, TMZ reported.

The shocking report follows an interview Monjack, 39, gave to Access Hollywood in which he hit back at suggestions that he was a bad influence on the “Clueless” star.

“My world was destroyed yesterday,” Monjack said.

He said his wife’s mother found the body in the bathroom.

“Her mom screamed for me and I ran. Then called 911,” he told the celebrity outlet.

Coroner spokesman Capt. John Kades told the Daily News that investigators booked the medications into evidence.

He said Monday’s autopsy found no obvious cause of death and that a final determination may take up to two months. .

Murphy’s estranged dad, Angelo Bertolotti, demanded a full probe.

“It just astounds me that she’s dead,” he told The News. “She was just so bubbly, even as a little girl. I don’t recall her ever having any health problems.”

“She got married and everything seemed to go downhill,” said Bertolotti.

A friend of the star echoed persistent rumors that Monjack – who reportedly opposed the autopsy – was a poor match for the saucer-eyed starlet.

“When Brittany married Simon, she cut off communication with a number of people who cherished her,” the pal told The News. “She lived in denial about him.”

“I don’t know why anyone would think that,” Monjack shot back in the Access Hollywood interview posted online. “She found love. We found love.”

In an eerie last interview, Murphy said this month that she had concerns about her frail frame. “I am a bit thinner now than what I would like to be,” she told Fox News.

Denying rumors of drug use and eating disorders, she told Access Hollywood at the same press event: “As far as having a New Year’s resolution, I’d love to have a child next year.”

ndillon@nydailynews.com

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