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Anorexia played a role in Brittany Murphy’s death, sources claim

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She’s only been dead for two days, and while her family, friends and fans are sad and mourning the unexpected and shocking death of the 32-year-old actress, her half brother Jeff Bertolotti is claiming Tinsel Town’s unrealistic physical ideal is in part to blame for her death.

“People come into the town with their dreams and get chewed up alive and those who make it get chewed up alive anyway. And that’s what happened to Brittany,” he told People Magazine.

Her very thin appearance in public in recent weeks along with the comments made by her half brother have started rumors that her eating disorder, brought about by Hollywood’s pressure to stay thin, might have been a cause of her death.

While initial autopsy reports claim there was no foul play involved and that her body looked “normal”, many have reverted to the theory of anorexia perhaps having had an effect.

Famous for the chubby girl in the 1990s hit movie ‘Clueless’, Brittany reportedly did everything she could to distance herself from that image. A friend told thelatestnews.id: “She wore extraordinary amounts of make-up, tons of fake eyelashes, got her teeth capped, dyed her hair blonde, lost weight – she wanted to be a beauty. She didn’t want to be the fat girl from ‘Clueless’. She didn’t eat a lot. She would drink copious amounts of coffee.”

While another friend confirmed the actress had “insane self-image issues”, Brittany always maintained she led a healthy lifestyle and never did drugs.

“I am a bit thinner now than what I would like to be,” she told Fox News at a red carpet event where she looked stick thin and weak. She maintained that her body was a result of ballet classes.

Toxicology reports and other tests on her organs and brain are being conducted at the moment. The results are expected in four to six weeks.

Other celebrities who died in 2009 include Stephen GatelyCasey JohnsonAdam Goldstein and Michael Jackson.

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