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Brittany Murphy death could have been prevented with earlier medical assistance

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A new documentary investigating the circumstances around the death of actress Brittany Murphy has thrown up some evidence that her death could have been prevented. Had she received medical assistance even one day previous to her collapse then a leading pathologist has suggested that she would be alive and well today.

Murphy died in 2009 after collapsing in a bathroom at her home due to a combination of pneumonia and anaemia. It seems that due to her fear and paranoia relating to the media she refused to get medical health and as a result she told her mother Sharon get her any help for fear paparazzi would get wind. Sharon then called an ambulance after Murphy's collapse but it was too late at that stage to treat the actress.

Pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd feels that "had she been taken to hospital 24 hours earlier and given intravenous drugs, there is a very good chance she would have survived and would still be here today. Brittany was so sedated it’s quite possible neither Simon nor Sharon had any idea how ill she actually was. That may be the reason why they didn’t call an ambulance."

You can catch the documentary titled Autopsy: The Final Hours of Brittany Murphy on Channel 5 at 9pm on Thursday. It focuses on the mixture of medication she was taking to help herself get well as well as her living conditions at the family home where her husband Simon Monjack also died of pneumonia and anaemia just 5 months after her death.

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