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Brittany Murphy dies at 32; what causes sudden cardiac arrest in a young woman?

By Diane Porter
 
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It’s not even a day yet and questions are swirling. What could cause a 32-year-old woman to suddenly die, apparently of cardiac arrest? Diabetes? Was there an eating disorder? Drug use? A congenital heart problem?

It doesn’t seem possible, does it, that a young person’s death from cardiac arrest could ever be “natural,” does it? But after Murphy collapsed in her bathroom Sunday morning and later was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Ed Winter, an assistant chief coroner in Los Angeles County, told The Associated Press that the cause of death “appears to be natural.” Foul play has been ruled out.

There will still be an autopsy and an official cause of death, but the latter may not be released for some time. And apparently a close friend of Murphy's said she had asthma and type 2 diabetes,

From the New York Times:

“The actress’s wide brown eyes and unrestrained, asymmetrical smile made her a frequent choice for the role of ditz with an edge — such as the urban transplant to a Beverly Hills high school in “Clueless” and the riches-to-rags au pair in “Uptown Girls” — or a woman over the edge,

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