Was Marilyn Monroe’s doctor to blame for her death? New documentary sheds light on the her final hours
A documentary claims to have shed definitive light on the tragic death of Marilyn Monroe. Autopsy: Last hours of Marilyn Monroe has revealed that the star had been prescribed a lethal cocktail of sleeping pills, as well as claiming that she suffered from bipolar disorder. The conclusion: that Marilyn Monroe died as a result of “medical negligence”.
Fifty-three years after she was found dead in her bed, the documentary has accused Dr Hyman Engelberg, Ms Monroe’s personal physician, of “signing her death sentence” by prescribing both Nembutal and Chloral Hydrates. When taken together, these powerful sedatives can prove lethal. Dr Engelberg, who died in 2005, repeatedly changed his story about the prescription, as well as his instructions to Ms Monroe.
The documentary showed that Monroe’s doctors were making concerted efforts to reduce her drug dependency (Ms Monroe suffered from severe insomnia) by replacing Nembutal with Chloral Hydrate. But just two days prior to her death, Dr Engelberg wrote a new prescription for Nembutal – possibly at Monroe’s insistence.
According to Autopsy, Monroe had a history of taking lethal overdoses of her prescriptions, before calling for help. It appears that the same happened on the night she died, but the actress passed out before she could make the call.
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