Brittany Murphy – the new Karen Carpenter?

I awoke today to the news of yet another celebrity death, albeit not anyone I was particularly a fan of, nor did I know much about her… but the news struck me as eerily similar to another celebrity death that still, to this day, haunts me.

Take a look at the pictures below.

Brittany Murphy and Karen Carpenter

On the left is Brittany Murphy, who died today at age 32 of cardiac arrest.

On the right is Karen Carpenter, who died in 1983 at age 32 of cardiac arrest (which was later attributed to Anorexia Nervosa).

Aside from those similarities, note the similarities in their facial features.  The gaunt, stark chin.  The long, flowing hair that disguises the thinness of the neck.

I’m not a doctor by any means… but I can’t help but wonder if Anorexia didn’t play a part in Ms. Murphy’s death.

I find it frightening that the entertainment industry as a whole has still not learned its lessons from Karen’s passing.  Why are our actresses, singers and other performers being subjected to this mentality?  What is this teaching our children?

These photos do not show either woman at their worst.  I have seen much worse photos of Karen Carpenter, where she looks like a skeleton with skin on her face; and I have seen much worse photos of Brittany Murphy, where the effects of what had to be an eating disorder were very apparent.  But photos aside, the similarities– which COULD just be coincidences– are just too obvious to ignore.  Time will tell.

5 thoughts on “Brittany Murphy – the new Karen Carpenter?

  1. Did Karen C have the history of serious drug abuse that Brittany did? A tragic life and a career lost to drugs from all I’ve heard… She could be so funny and vulnerable in screen. Was hoping she would get herself together.

  2. She didn’t abuse drugs in the typical sense, but she did abuse prescriptions and laxatives in order to speed her weight loss. Addiction is addiction, no matter what the cause. Interesting you mention Brittany’s humor and vulnerability on screen, because Karen exhibited the same things in her performances as well.

  3. Anorexia Nervosa is a terrible disease…I know many people with this disorder…and believe me they know what they are doing. My eldest daughter lost her father to this disorder. I have always loved Karen Carpenter…what a tragedy didnt really know Brittany, so will not comment. All in all a tragedy just the same.

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