Los Angeles - (Rumormill): A sicko media 'stunt' or terrible, unexplained tragedy?
Initial reports this weekend that the Clueless actress had died were met with skeptical derision following a spate of faux stories speculating about her alleged recreational drug use.
However LA medical sources said today that pathologists are now probing claims that a deadly mix of flu remedy and post-op pain killers - similar to Anna Nicole Smith's own lethal cocktail - might be responsible for Brittany Murphy's fatal cardiac arrest.
The Clueless actress was reported dead 'suddenly and unexpectedly' in the shower on Sunday in scenes reminiscent of the Playboy centerfold's own demise of 2007.
LA pathologists examining the actress' remains today have requested a look at Smith's own toxicology reports.
A probe of the pharmacological interaction between Murphy's type-2 diabetes medication and other ingested drugs may reveal clues to her shocking death.
"Of course at this stage there's no 'Howard K Stern' figure in the equation," an LA FagHagSlagMag editorial said today, commenting on Smith's alleged prescription drugs supplier who is awaiting trial in Florida for the 2007 death.
And no billion dollar legacy disputes with former oil tycoon spouses, their avaricious and judgemental relatives nor any associated frenzied media witch hunt.
Simon Monjack is the devastated widower.