Brittany Murphy's husband and mother made frantic rescue efforts to revive her after her mother found her unresponsive on the floor of the bathroom of her house, TMZ.com is reporting. An investigator's notes also indicated that the bedroom nightstands held "large amounts" of medication prescribed to Murphy, her husband, mother and "unidentified third party names." The drugs included Topamax, an anti-seizure drug that prevents migraines; Methylprednisolone, an anti-inflammatory; Fluoxetine, which treats depression; Klonopin and Ativan, both anti-anxiety meds; Carbamazepine, which treats diabetic symptoms and bipolar disorder; Ativan, an anxiety med; the pain relievers Vicoprofen and Hydrocodone; Propranolol, used to treat hypertension, and to prevent heart attacks; the antibiotic Biaxin and vitamins. The notes say, "No alcohol containers, paraphernalia or illegal drugs were discovered."
An autopsy on Murphy found no sign of foul play. Her body was "normal," so the cause of her sudden cardiac arrest and death on Sunday morning is not known, pending toxicology and other tests, which are expected in four to six weeks, according to the coroner.
Murphy seemed happy in public, but friends say she battled "inner demons," including body image issues. She looked thin and frail in her final public appearance, left, on Dec. 3, which led to the return of rumors that she suffered from drug abuse and/or eating disorders. "Brittany seemed sick for a while," a friend told E!Online. Besides her weight, "She made a few lifestyle choices that had her friends concerned. But it doesn't look like many people did anything about it," the friend said. In 2005, Murphy denied rumors that she used cocaine, saying, "I have never tried it in my entire life. I've never even seen it … It couldn't be further from the truth." The same year, she denied reports that she had an eating disorder. "I'm the same size I was in 'Clueless,' it's just that the weight in your face changes as you grow and get older," she said. "This is my body. I'm proud of it … I'm healthy."
TMZ reports that Murphy did have a will, written before she met her husband, Simon Monjack. The will leaves her estate to her mother, Sharon Murphy. The house Brittany owned was held in trust, which was created before she met Monjack, so TMZ reports he is not listed on the title.
Elin Nordegren has now reportedly decided to hold off on filing for divorce from Tiger Woods. Sources say she is still especially upset by the revelation that Tiger had a three-year affair with one of the womenwho have come forward, and that he had sexual encounters with another while Elin was pregnant. Elin has reportedly told friends that she could have forgiven one fling, but these two circumstances are difficult to forgive. Meanwhile, Tiger, who has not been seen in public since the day-after-Thanksgiving car crash that brought his double life into the open, reportedly set sail on his 155-foot luxury yacht from Florida with a bunch of male friends, apparently cruising to the Bahamas.
The magazine editor who once claimed to have sex a gay video starring Tom Cruise -- and later retracted that claim after Cruise sued him -- now claims that Cruise, his attorney and a private detective conspired to tap his phone. Michael Davis Sapir, publisher of Bold Magazine, filed a lawsuit Friday, claiming that back in 2001, when Cruise's lawsuit against him was pending, Cruise, his attorney Bert Fields and private investigator Anthony Pellicano, who is now in prison, tapped his phone, and he wants $5 million. Bert Fields says, "The allegations are absolute garbage."
Country superstar Carrie Underwood and her hockey-playing honey, Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators, are engaged. "The couple couldn't be happier," her rep told People after confirming the news. "No wedding date has been set at this time." "It's true," Fisher told the Toronto Sun on Monday as the Senators prepared for a game. "We're both obviously excited and very happy." The word is that Fisher, 29, popped the question Sunday afternoon at his house. Senators teammate Chris Neil said Fisher called him soon after the event. Neil said, "I think it's great. It's a long time coming. There's going to be a lot of broken hearts in Ottawa with all those girls who are in love with Mikey." If she changes her last name to his, a TMZ reader notes, the singer and "American Idol" winner will be Carrie Fisher.
After a few months out of the spotlight, troubled singer Amy Winehouse returned with a bang over the weekend, heckling the cast of a holiday pantomime show and then attacking a theater staffer when he tried to get her to move to a private box, according to Britain's Sun. At the traditional holiday pantomime of "Cinderella," with the house full of families, Winehouse stood and obscenely heckled the players, which included Mickey Rooney. When theater manager Richard Pound tried to move her out of the crowd, she attacked him, pulling his hair and kicking him in the groin. Police were called, and Winehouse could face another assault charge. The volatile singer was last accused of assault in March for punching a fan at a charity ball who asked for a photo. In that case, the judge said the fan could have been struck by accident and dismissed the case. A few days ago, Winehouse's ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, who is in drug rehab, said the two are engaged and plan to marry again. They were married for two years and their divorce became final four months ago.
-- Anne Neville