More than six years after the death of actress Brittany Murphy, unanswered questions—many stemming from new information uncovered in an E! News investigation—remain about the circumstances surrounding her "accidental death" of natural causes at age 32.
Amid renewed interest in the Murphy case, E! News has learned exclusively what the L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says would be needed to reopen the death investigation. While Winter does not rule out taking a closer look at their initial findings (death due to pneumonia, anemia and an accidental mix of prescription and over-the-counter pills), he explains, "We would have to have direct evidence. In all honesty, it would take something like a confession. Something connecting somebody with it."
Winter adds that a reexamination, which could include exhuming a body, would happen, "if law enforcement contacted us. Or we can reopen the case if there is substantial evidence."