Brittany Murphy Autopsy Complete; Results ‘Deferred’ Pending Toxicology Tests
First Published: December 21, 2009 10:57 PM EST Credit: WireImage
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The autopsy on actress Brittany Murphy was completed on Monday. However, there was no ruling on the cause of death.
“The cause of death has been deferred pending the receipt of additional toxicological tests and tissue studies that have been ordered by the deputy medical examiner,” the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said in a statement to Access Hollywood on Monday. “There will be no final ruling as to the cause and manner of death until all of the requested test results have been received and reviewed in context with the autopsy findings.”
The coroner’s office said that the final ruling could take at least four to six weeks.
However, they did note “no evidence of trauma to the body” of Murphy.
The 32-year-old actress was found unresponsive in the shower of her Hollywood home early Sunday morning. She was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at 10:04 AM.
Later in the day, Los Angles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told Access Hollywood outside of Murphy’s home that the actress died of natural causes and no foul play was suspected.
“It appears to be natural at this time,” Winter said on Sunday evening.
While Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, had reportedly objected to his wife undergoing an autopsy, the star’s family was being “very cooperative,” Winter added.
In an exclusive interview with Access Hollywood on Monday afternoon, a grieving Monjack spoke about the loss of his wife.
“My world was destroyed yesterday,” he told Access.
Murphy and Monjack, a screenwriter, wed in 2007.
Murphy’s family released a statement on Sunday, asking for privacy in the wake of their loss.
“The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy,” the family said in a statement to Access. “She was our daughter, our wife, our love and a shining star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this time.”
Murphy rose to fame after a memorable role in 1995’s “Clueless.” Her other film credits include “8 Mile,” “Just Married,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Sin City” and “Riding In Cars With Boys.”
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