Sunday 11 December 2016

Brittany Murphy's cause of death could be reinvestigated, nearly seven years later

Published 26/03/2016 | 10:47

Actress Brittany Murphy
Actress Brittany Murphy
Actress Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack backstage at the Max Azria 2008 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2008 at The Tent at Bryant Park on February 4, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)
Actress Brittany Murphy arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on March 5, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Brittany Murphy with Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash in Clueless
Brittany Murphy during "The GroomsMen" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Actress Brittany Murphy arrives to the Warner Bros. film premiere of Happy Feet held at Grauman's Chinese Theater November 12, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher

The LA coroner would consider re-opening the investigation into Brittany Murphy's cause of death.

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The popular actress was 32 when she died in December 2009 and the circumstances surrounding her death have always been shrouded in mystery, namely due to the fact that her husband Simon Monjack died five months later in similar circumstances.

L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told Us Weekly said the possibility of reopening the case isn't off the table, but it would require hard evidence.

"We would have to have direct evidence. In all honesty, it would take something like a confession. Something connecting somebody with it," he explained.  "If the police wanted to conduct an investigation or if somebody came to us and said, 'This is the following circumstances, did you guys find this or this?' Then we would contact the law enforcement agency also and say, 'The family or somebody came and said that somebody confessed to actually putting some sort of poison in her food.'"

Actress Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack backstage at the Max Azria 2008 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2008 at The Tent at Bryant Park on February 4, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)
Actress Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack backstage at the Max Azria 2008 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2008 at The Tent at Bryant Park on February 4, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)

"There’s a lot of speculation, but our findings are pretty set," he added, "I think that if she had gotten medical attention instead of just delaying it, that they’d taken her to a doctor, she’d probably still be alive as we speak today."

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In 2009, it was concluded that the Clueless star died of a combination of pneumonia, anemia and multiple-drug intoxication and was ruled an "accidental death."

Her father Angelo Bertolotti has long claimed that his estranged daughter was murdered, citing poison as the cause, based on hair samples he sent to an independent lab for testing. The results showed her hair contained traces of rat poison, but the LA coroner said it contained the same heavy metals associated with hair dye.

Brittany Murphy with Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash in Clueless
Brittany Murphy with Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash in Clueless

"I have a feeling that there was a definite murder situation here. Yeah, it's poison. Yes, yes, I know that," he told Good Morning America at the time.

Her mother Sharon Murphy, who was famously close with the Sin City actress and was living with her and her husband at their LA home at the time of their deaths, has previously spoken out, saying she believes they died of toxic mold and moved out of the home after Simon's death.

Actress Brittany Murphy arrives to the Warner Bros. film premiere of Happy Feet held at Grauman's Chinese Theater November 12, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Brittany Murphy arrives to the Warner Bros. film premiere of Happy Feet held at Grauman's Chinese Theater November 12, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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