Nearly a decade after the loss of Brittany Murphy, Hollywood is reexamining the circumstances surrounding her death in 2009.
A new HBO documentary – “What Happened to Brittany Murphy?” which is set to air on October 14 — investigates rumors that have persisted to this day while paying homage to a warmly remembered actor.
“I agreed to do this film because I think it’s a shame that Brittany’s promising life and career has been eclipsed by the circumstances of her death,” filmmaker Cynthia Hill said in a statement, per Entertainment Weekly. “I think it’s important to celebrate Brittany’s talent as we struggle to explain the tragic circumstances of her and [husband] Simon’s deaths.”
Officially, Murphy’s death was concluded to be the result of pneumonia, anemia, and intoxication due to a combination of medications, per People. Per the outlet, “No illegal drugs were found in her system.”
And long-standing rumors would suggest that something more nefarious was at play at the time of Murphy’s death, which was ruled an accident. “Her death was so bizarre and there are so many twists and turns,” producer Buddy Day told the outlet.
One factor that has especially raised eyebrows is that, per EW, husband Simon Monjack — whom filmmaker Hill called a “disturbed individual” to People — died less than one year later of pneumonia as well.
So, what exactly does the film reveal about the late star’s death? Here’s more.
People still have questions about Brittany Murphy’s death
While making “What Happened to Brittany Murphy?” filmmakers spoke to those closest to her to get a better idea of what the actor’s final days were like. “Her eyes were so sunken, and she just seemed so sad,” Murphy’s former makeup artist told People. “She wasn’t herself. She was in so much pain. She had Bambi legs and couldn’t stand up.”
Murphy’s death was particularly shocking because, in the years leading up to the tragedy, the star was adamant that she was in good health. “I’ve never had an eating disorder. And I don’t do drugs,” Murphy said when speaking to Cosmopolitan in 2004.
“I’m generally the person dancing at a party who everybody always thinks is the intoxicated one, but I’m really not.” Despite the autopsy report that suggested Murphy’s health declined and eventually caused her death, fans — and even her family — posited something darker was at play. “It’s very suspicious,” Murphy’s father said after her death, per CNN. “I feel she was poisoned and there’s no question about that. She was murdered.”
The filmmakers will be examining all of this, along with Murphy’s highly criticized relationship with her husband Simon Monjack, but they also want to pay homage to her. “Everyone was so consistent when they would describe her,” the film’s director, Cynthia Hill, told People. “She was so generous, caring … and I think sometimes that gets forgotten because of all the mystery surrounding her death.”
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Original Article: https://www.nickiswift.com/625461/chilling-details-were-just-released-about-brittany-murphys-final-days
I will never forget her. She was a great actress. GOD BLESS, BRITTANY
She was an ACTRESS, not an “actor,” because she was female. Only males are actors.