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Deaths of Brittany Murphy and Casey Johnson were preventable, autopsies find

The deaths of starlets Casey Johnson and Brittany Murphy could have been prevented if the women sought medical attention and followed doctor’s orders, sources connected with their autopsies told TMZ.com Thursday.

Johnson died of complications related to diabetes and Murphy succumbed to a combination of pneumonia, prescription drugs and anemia, according to their autopsies released Thursday.

Johnson, 30, died last month of ketoacidosis, a condition caused by a lack of insulin and sky-high blood sugar, the Los Angeles County coroner said. The Johnson & Johnson heiress and daughter of New York Jets owner Robert Johnson probably slipped into a diabetic coma, which is treatable within the first 24 hours, according to said Dr. Michael Baden, former chief medical examiner in New York City.

“If you have somebody with diabetes, there should be somebody checking up on that person,” Baden said.

Johnson was not taking her insulin shots, exercising, following her strict diet or taking vital medicines, sources told TMZ.

As for Murphy, the 32-year-old “Clueless” and “8-Mile” actress died accidentally of pneumonia and “multiple drug intoxication,” the coroner’s office said.

Murphy had been suffering from flu-like symptoms before she died in December, but was self-medicating with prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, including cough syrup, sources told TMZ. Baden suspected that drugs played a key role in her death.
 

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