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Report: Brittany Murphy Died of Natural Causes

December 21, 2009

The Associated Press is reporting that a Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that actress Brittany Murphy died of natural causes.

From the Associated Press:

Murphy, 32, collapsed in the shower of the West Hollywood home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, on Sunday and was pronounced dead two hours later at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her death “appears to be natural,” assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said.

Cops are investigating the “Clueless” starlet’s sudden death. An autopsy is planned for today or Tuesday reportedly against the wishes of Murphy’s hubby, Monjack, who told hospital staff he didn’t want one performed, according to TMZ.

The Hollywood stunner’s weight loss in recent years sparked rumors of eating disorder or drug use, which she denied. She reportedly suffered from flu-like symptoms and was vomiting in the hours before her death, according to TMZ.com. Meanwhile, friends and family showed an outpouring of support for the young starlet.

Former American Idol Contestant Commits Suicide Near Paul Abdul’s Home

November 12, 2008

Crazy? Obsessive? Nuts? All of these words come to mind. Police say a fan of Paula Abdul has been found dead in a car parked near a home belonging to the “American Idol” judge.

The victim has been identified as Paula Goodspeed, whose rendition of “Proud Mary” was roundly criticized by Simon Cowell and rejected by Abdul herself and fellow judge Randy Jackson. An official cause of death had not been determined.

Goodspeed’s audition was aired during the 2006 season. During her audition, she told Ryan Seacrest that she was a huge fan of Abdul and created life-size paintings of the singer and former Laker Girl.

From the Associated Press:

A fan of Paula Abdul whose failed audition for “American Idol” aired in season five was found dead in a car near the home of the pop star and judge she admired, authorities said Wednesday.

Authorities found Goodspeed’s body Tuesday evening in a car that photos show bearing the vanity license plate “ABL LV” in a Los Angeles Lakers frame. Her parents had reported her missing hours earlier and expressed concern that she might hurt herself.

Los Angeles police spokeswoman Julianne Sohn says officers responded to a call about 6 p.m. Tuesday and arrived in the Sherman Oaks area to find the body.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened at what transpired yesterday,” Abdul said in a statement released by her publicist, Jeff Ballard. “My heart and prayers go out to her family.”

Dr. Dre’s Son Found Dead

August 27, 2008

UPDATE: The cause of death has been determined to be a heroin overdose.

The son of rap legend Dr. Dre was found dead over the weekend in his Woodland Hills home according to coroner’s officials in Los Angeles.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Andre R. Young Jr. had been out with friends the night before and was discovered in his bed by his mother at 10:24 a.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said.

Andre Young Sr., professionally known as Dr. Dre, released a statement to the media through a representative.

“Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family’s grief and privacy at this time,” his publicist, Lori Earl, said in the statement.

Young Jr. was the subject of a paternity dispute in 1990 when his mother, Jenita Porter, filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dre in Orange County Superior Court, seeking $5,000-a-month child support.

She said in the suit that although Young promised to support their then 2-year-old son before his birth, she had received only a small amount of cash, a few gifts and diapers during their four-year relationship.

An autopsy was performed Monday, but the cause of death wasn’t likely to be determined for eight weeks while toxicology tests are done.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Dre has become one of the biggest hitmakers in the hip hop industry. The founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment helped change the face of music by innovating the sound of gangsta rap with his incendiary group N.W.A. in the 1980s. My heart goes out to Dr. Dre and his family.