Hi guys. I hate that I’m here writing about yet another celebrity dying way before their time as a result of drug abuse. I know, I know, Brittany Murphy died of full cardiac arrest — don’t accuse her of doing drugs, Beet — but I don’t know how you guys think an otherwise healthy 32-year-old woman goes into full cardiac arrest. In my experience, it’s from doing drugs. It’s also been the experience of Heath Ledger, DJ AM, Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith. I know, I know, but Brittany Murphy had diabetes. It turns out, diabetes is a perfectly manageable health condition today. It becomes considerably less manageable when you’re doing lines all day. This young woman died of a drug overdose.
Brittany’s husband, Simon Monjack, requested the hospital not perform an autopsy on Brittany. Some have suggested that this is because she’s Jewish, and Jewish people aren’t really all about the autopsy, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that, to protect his wife, he doesn’t want the complete list of illegal drugs she was abusing tossed around the Internet in six weeks when the results are available. Which they will be, because authorities are performing the autopsy anyway.
My heart breaks for Brittany and her loved ones. I’m sad. I’m disappointed. I’ve heard nothing but kind things about her since I started doing this job several years ago. I’ve heard she was a lovely, funny, beautiful woman, and a uniquely brilliant actress, with a bit of a drug problem — one that seems to have gotten exponentially worse over the past year or so, as drug problems have a tendency to do. I guess I’m saying this because everyone I talk to seems so shocked that Brittany Murphy could have actually died of a drug overdose. It’s all I’ve heard all day: “She was so pretty! She was so cute! I loved her in Clueless! She couldn’t have really died from drugs.”
Yes. That’s how she died.
You guys, drug use results in people dying. It does not discriminate. The disease of drug addiction kills people, even pretty people — even cute, young girls who we all fell in love with when they got hilarious and awkward makeovers in a harmless film that defined a generation. Those girls die of drug abuse, too. I just can’t say it loudly enough — drugs are not something to fuck with. Just don’t even do it. Not even once. Not for any goddamn reason. Because people fucking die and then I have to write these articles about beautiful human beings whose lives were snuffed out by drugsdrugsdrugs. Again.
If you or a loved one has a problem with drug or alcohol abuse, get in touch with your local Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous for free help. Do something about it sooner rather than later. Because I betcha Brittany Murphy didn’t think it was gonna be this time that killed her.
This is the most recent set of pics I could find of Brittany, from an event on December 3.