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Brittany Murphy was ill before her death, husband says; coroner still investigating

December 22, 2009 |  6:51 am

Brittany Murphy was feeling ill before she died Sunday at her Hollywood Hills home, but officials said it could take weeks before they establish a cause of death.

Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, told "Access Hollywood" that the actor had recently seen a doctor about what they thought was a minor illness.

“She had laryngitis,” he said. “She had been tired at the end of the year. She had made a couple movies.”

The medical examiner has completed Murphy's autopsy, but an official cause of death will be deferred until tests determine what substances, if any, were in her system that might have contributed to her death, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office.

Murphy, 32, died of a sudden cardiac arrest. A law enforcement source, who declined to be named because of the ongoing investigation, said Murphy suffered internal bleeding before her death.

It was unclear if an underlying medical condition might have caused or contributed to her death, officials said. Murphy, who appeared in "Clueless" and "8 Mile," was taking prescription drugs for medical ailments, authorities said.

LAPD officials said today that they have finished their initial investigation into Murphy's death and concluded there were no signs that a crime occurred.

--Andrew Blankstein