Was Brittany Murphy Murdered? Forensic Tests Show Poison… As Actress’ Dad Blames Someone With ‘Criminal Intent’ For Death...
By Alexis Tereszcuk
Radar Online/November 18, 2013
The Clueless star and her husband Simon Monjack both passed away within five months of each other and the Los Angeles Coroner’s office ruled that they died of pneumonia and anemia, but Angelo Bertolotti obtained his daughter’s hair, blood and tissues and had them tested for “heavy metals and toxins,” according to the Examiner.
The lab reports conducted by the Carlson Company in Colorado state:
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Bertolotti had to sue the LA County Coroner’s office for his daughter’s physical samples. The Examiner states the office said they did not test for any poisonous substances.
He spoke about his heartbreak over the reports of his daughter’s death, saying: “Vicious rumors, spread by tabloids, unfairly smeared Brittany’s reputation.
“My daughter was neither anorexic nor a drug junkie, as they repeatedly implied. Brittany and Simon were ridiculed by The Hollywood Reporter, when they complained of being under surveillance and in fear for their lives.
According to the Examiner: “Heavy metals can be commonly found in rodenticides (chemicals that kill mice or rats) and insecticides. Symptoms of acute heavy metal poisoning in humans can include headache, dizziness, gastrointestinal, neurological, respiratory, or dermal symptoms such as abdominal cramps, tremors, tachycardia, sweating, disorientation, coughing, wheezing, congestion, and pneumonia. Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack exhibited all of these symptoms prior to their untimely deaths. The levels of heavy metals detected in Brittany Murphy’s hair were from 2 to over 9 times higher than the levels set as “high” by The World Health Organization.”
The circumstances surrounding Murphy's death took many weird turns: her husband died mysteriously just a short time later and in the years since, both of Murphy's parents have filed lawsuits related to her passing. Herewith, a timeline of an unusual tragedy.
Murphy and Monjack marry in a small ceremony at her home after less than a year of dating, though they had known each other for more than a decade. There are reports that the pair planned to work together on an adaptation of D.M. Thomas' The White Hotel, but as Vanity Fair later reported, the project seemed doomed from the start and never materialized. Director George Hickenlooper, who allegedly worked with Monjack on his movie Factory Girl, writes an extensive comment on the website Hollywood Elsewhere claiming that Monjack had nothing to do with Factory Girl and was a con man. Hickenlooper also writes that he had "warned" Murphy about Monjack:
The last thing I told Brittany is
December 20, 2009: Murphy is found dead...
The LAFD is summoned to Murphy and Monjack's home in West Hollywood (which she had purchased from Britney Spears in 2003) at 8:00 on a Sunday morning. Murphy is taken to the hospital after she reportedly collapsed in the shower and was found by her mother Sharon, but doctors are unable to revive her; she is pronounced dead two hours later from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles coroner says they believe the cause of death "appears to be natural" but is uncertain of what, exactly, ended Murphy's life.
During "a sometimes tear-filled interview" Monjack tells People magazine that Murphy was suffering from "laryngitis and flu-like symptoms," for which she was taking antibiotics, when she died. "She was on herbal remedies that wouldn't speed up her heart," Monjack said. "There was nothing here that could endanger her; there was prescription medication in the house for her female time and some cough syrup. That was it." He notably mentions how he "couldn't bear" the idea of cutting Murphy open for an autopsy.
A report from the coroner indicates that Murphy's death was still not the result of foul play, but an accident spurred by medications she was taking to combat pneumonia and an iron deficiency.
The same month, a foundation started in Murphy's name by Monjack and her mother is deemed a fraud
TMZ reports that The Brittany Murphy Foundation, started by Monjack and Sharon to celebrate children's arts education,
Monjack tells TMZ that the house is no longer for sale because Sharon felt uncomfortable showing it with Murphy's belongings still inside.
Like Murphy, Monjack is found suddenly dead at the home he shared with Murphy. The LAFD was on the scene after responding to a call at 9:24 pm on Sunday night for an "unspecified medical aid request;" CNN later reports that Monjack was planning on having triple-bypass surgery after the summer, and had delayed the surgery until after a planned fundraiser for the Brittany Murphy Foundation. He is buried next to Murphy at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, near the the home they shared together.
July 2010: Monjack's death is found to be similar to Murphy's
The LA coroner's report indicates that Monjack also died of pneumonia and anemia – "just like Brittany," in the words of Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter. Monjack was found with prescription drugs in his system, and his mother-in-law stated for the record that there was no drug overdose. All involved parties denied rumors that toxic mold contributed to either Monjack's death or Murphy's; Sharon's lawyer said that any rumors to the contrary could have stemmed from a lawsuit filed the previous year against a contractor who had done shoddy work, which required a full investigation into the house.
Despite reports indicating that the property had gone into foreclosure, Murphy's mother begins to attempt to sell the house for a steal at around $5 million.
The Hollywood Reporter publishes a piece entitled "The Final Difficult Days of Brittany Murphy" indicating that the couple were incredibly paranoid that they were being watched.
Interested parties find that they can bid on costumes from movies like Uptown Girls, art and even the late actress's passport; Julien's Auctions' consignment director Michael Doyle tells Yahoo! Shine that he and Sharon pent two years deciding which items she should sell. A Tumblr called Justice for Brittany calls the decision "disgusting."
Apparently changing her mind about the role that toxic mold played in her daughter's death, Sharon Murphy files a lawsuit against her attorneys for not telling "her about a possible wrongful death suit due to mold in the house," reports the Hollywood Reporter:
Sharon Murphy charges the firm of Steiner & Libo with legal malpractice, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty for not properly informing her that in January 2011 — when she accepted the final settlement of that earlier lawsuit — she was giving up her right to sue for the wrongful death of her daughter due to the presence of mold in the 13-year-old, 8,000-square-foot-home.
January 2012: Murphy's father sues the Los Angeles coroner
Angelo Bertolotti files suit against the LA coroner and police because he believes that they did not test hair samples he submitted to them that would prove Murphy did not die from the mix of cold medicines she was on but due to toxic mold in the house.
After Bertolotti and his attorney apparently failed to show up in court or file any follow-up claims, a judge dismisses the suit.
After her former lawyers alleged that Sharon's settlement agreement about the home wouldn't have prevented her from filing a wrongful death suit, Sharon's new attorneys file papers indicating that the case had been settled and should be dismissed. No terms of the settlement are revealed.
And then, a report finds Murphy may have been poisoned
After securing the release of Murphy's hair samples, Bertolotti tests the samples and a lab report concludes that:
Ten (10) of the heavy metals evaluated were detected at levels higher that the WHO [The World Health Organization] high levels. Testing the hair strand sample identified as" back of the head" we have detected ten (10) heavy metals at levels above the WHO high levels recommendation. If we were to eliminate the possibility of a simultaneous accidental heavy metals exposure to the sample donor then the only logical explanation would be an exposure to these metals (toxins) administered by a third party perpetrator with likely criminal intent.
The Examiner claims that both Murphy and Monjack displayed symptoms that would result from this type of poisoning.