Thursday, February 4, 2010

Celebrity Death Detail: Brittany, Casey & Michael

Today's celebrity news was dominated with news regarding recent untimely deaths. From MSNBC:

Brittany Murphy died from pneumonia, but anemia and prescription drugs also played a role, coroner’s officials said Thursday.

The primary cause of the death was community acquired pneumonia, with contributing factors of iron deficiency anemia and “multiple drug intoxication,” according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The death was ruled accidental.

So Murphy's sad demise was primarily a result of having pneumonia, which corresponds to her husband's and mother's statements that she had been suffering flu-like symptoms. Unfortunately, the coroner's report flies in the face of some other comments they made saying she wasn't on prescription drugs. Regardless, rest in peace, Brittany, and I pray her family will be able to heal from her loss.

The Los Angeles Coroner was working overtime today since they also released details of what cause 30 year old heiress Casey Johnson's death in early January. From MSNBC:

Socialite Casey Johnson’s death was related to her nearly lifelong diabetes, the Los Angeles County coroner said Thursday.

Johnson, 30, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson health care products fortune, died of diabetic ketoacidosis, the coroner said in a terse news release. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition caused by lack of insulin and sky-high blood sugar.

Although plenty of bloggers had speculated that the hard-partying/Tila Tequila fiance had overdosed in light of past drug problems, it turns out diabetes was the killer, a disease she had struggled with since childhood.

And lastly, since it seems no death in Hollywood goes reported without the late King of Pop being mentioned, news broke that MJ's deadly doc, Conrad Murray, is reportedly on his way to surrendering to police in connection with his death last June. Also from MSNBC:

Michael Jackson’s doctor, who is expected to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop singer’s death, is negotiating his surrender to authorities, his attorney said Thursday.

A statement from attorney Ed Chernoff said he was negotiating with the district attorney’s office for Dr. Conrad Murray’s surrender but there has been no agreement on the specifics...

Murray is set to be arraigned Friday at a Los Angeles courthouse, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press. The person declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The possible charge was not disclosed. However, two law enforcement officials have told the AP that prosecutors plan to charge Murray with involuntary manslaughter, alleging he gave Jackson a powerful anesthetic that led to his June 25 overdose death at a rented mansion on the west side of Los Angeles.

Looks like Dr. Murray is finally going to do his time, despite denying committing a crime. Sigh... a grim day in Hollyweird, indeed.


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