Clueless star Brittany Murphy died suddenly on December 20, 2009, at the age of 32.
The autopsy concluded that the actress died of pneumonia, that she also suffered from anemia and had taken drugs without prescription.
Five months later, her husband, Simon Monjack was also found dead at his home, also with pneumonia and anemia listed as causes of death.
Not satisfied with the results, Brittany Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, appealed to independent experts to analyze the deaths.
He managed to obtain samples of hair and tissue from the body of his late daughter and the results of this second autopsy, conducted by an independent laboratory in Colorado, are troubling.
The substances that were found in Murphy’s body are commonly found in rat poison. The results revealed the presence of 10 heavy metals above the “high” level set by the World Health Organization.
“I have a feeling that there was a definite murder situation here,” Bertolotti told Good Morning America. “It’s poison, yes, I know that.”
The lab report was first reported by Examiner and obtained by ABC News. It reads,
“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.”
Bertolotti says the actress and her husband had suffered from headaches, abdominal cramps, wheezing, disorientation, congestion and pneumonia, which are known to be the same symptoms of heavy metal poisoning.
“Brittany Murphy’s death is highly suspicious,” attorney Cyril Wect told GMA. “It is a report from an accredited laboratory. It cannot be ignored.”
In addition, Julia Davis, a screenwriter who previosuly worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and was writing a biography about Murphy, also put forward the possibility of poisoning.
“It was highly disturbing to find out that they’ve neither tested, nor ever intended to test Brittany or Simon’s hair for toxins, poisonous substances and heavy metals,” she said in a statement posted by The Hollywood Reporter. “These two deaths were simply written off to natural causes, but we don’t agree with this conclusion… The truth will eventually come out, we’ll make sure of it.”
“I’m not going to rest until my daughter’s untimely demise is properly investigated, which hasn’t happened so far. Her case deserves more than a superficial glance,” Bertolotti
said in a press release published by the same publication.
“Vicious rumors, spread by tabloids, unfairly smeared Brittany’s reputation. My daughter was neither anorexic nor a drug junkie, as they repeatedly implied,” he said. “I will not rest until the truth about these tragic events is told. There will be justice for Brittany.”