Wednesday 25 April 2018

Brittany dad wants case re-opened as tests reveal 'poisoning' mystery

Brittany Murphy at the premiere of 'Happy Feet' in London in 2009
Brittany Murphy at the premiere of 'Happy Feet' in London in 2009
The actress with husband Simon Monjack

Jess Denham

THE Father of Brittany Murphy, the film star who died suddenly in 2009, is demanding that an inquiry into her death be re-opened after heavy metals were found in her tissue samples.

The actress's husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, was found dead just five months after Murphy, with pneumonia and anaemia named as the cause.

Lab reports conducted by the Carlson Company in Colorado detected 10 heavy metals at abnormal levels in tissue samples, stating that "exposure to metals administered by a third-party perpetrator with likely criminal intent" was a possible explanation for Murphy's sudden death.

A coroner originally attributed her death in 2009 to drug intoxication, pneumonia and anaemia, but the late star's father requested further toxicology tests when the post-mortem revealed unusually high levels of heavy metals.

A verdict of death by accidental and natural causes was given at the time.

Angelo Bertolotti, Murphy's father, sued the coroner's office to obtain his daughter's physical samples for independent testing after it admitted her body had not tested for poisonous substances.

Murphy's father said he was determined to debunk "vicious rumours" about his daughter's lifestyle.

"My daughter was neither anorexic nor a drug junkie, as they repeatedly implied," he told 'The Examiner'. "I will not rest until the truth about these tragic events is told."

Mr Bertolotti recently alleged in an interview with Fleur De Lis Film Studios that Murphy was under surveillance from the government after openly supporting the Department of Homeland Security whistleblower Julia Davis.

Heavy metals are commonly found in chemicals used to kill rodents and insects, with symptoms including headaches, abdominal cramps, tremors, disorientation, congestion and pneumonia.

There are no further plans to reopen the inquiry.

Chief coroner investigator Craig R Harvey said: "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.

"We have not been presented with any (third) party lab test results for analysis, so we are unable to comment." (© Independent News Service)

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