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Report: Brittany Murphy's father seeks to reopen inquiry into daughter's death

Posted by Rachel Raczka  November 19, 2013 09:51 AM

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Brittany Murphy died Dec. 20, 2009, but an alleged new report is bringing her death back into the spotlight. The "Clueless" actress was declared dead on arrival at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood at the age of 32, following a 911 call made by her husband, Simon Monjack.

Murphy's cause of death was concluded to be accidental, primarily due to pneumonia, but an alleged new toxicology report, summoned by her father Angelo Bertolotti, suggests that the actress could have been poisoned, Bertolotti told the Huffington Post.

Bertolotti had samples of his daughter's blood, tissues, and hair tested at the Carlson Company in Colorado after his lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office was dismissed in 2012. The "Happy Feet" actress's father believed the coroner's conclusion that Murphy died of pneumonia and anemia was incorrect, and a new alleged toxicology report may prove that other factors may have been involved.

In an e-mail to the Huffington Post, Bertolotti states:

Since the autopsy narrative recorded a number of symptoms synonymous with poisoning, I requested testing for heavy metals/toxins. My suspicions were confirmed. Ten heavy metals were found in abnormally high quantities (as much as 9 times over the 'high' limit designated by the World Health Organization). These types of heavy metals/toxic elements are commonly found in rat poison, pesticides, insecticides, etc. Since neither Brittany nor Simon would have willingly consumed any such substances, the lab concluded that they may have been introduced by a third party with criminal intent.

The "8 mile" actress's father says he is submitting his new report to the L.A. County Coroner's Office to clear the names of his daughter and her husband, Monjack, who died of similar causes five months later.

However, Chief Coronor Investigator Craig R. Harvey promptly responded to the Huffington Post: "The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has no plans to reopen our inquiry into the deaths. We stand by our original reports."


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