Brittany Murphy died suddenly on December 20, 2009, at the age of 32. Five months later her husband Simon Monjack died from the same causes: pneumonia and anemia.
Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, questioned the results of the autopsy and appealed to independent experts to analyze the deaths and the new results revealed that the substances found in Murphy’s body are commonly found in rat poison.
The Los Angeles County coroner has announced that there are no plans to re-open the investigation.
In an open letter to The Hollywood Reporter, Sharon Murphy disputed the claims made by Bertolotti.
“I have chosen to stay out of the limelight since the tragic and sudden death of my wonderful, talented, loving daughter four years ago this Dec. 20.
From the day of her birth, Brittany was my precious, more dear to me than anything or anyone in the universe. I have been devastated by her loss and that of my son-in-law [Simon Monjack] and have remained in seclusion in my mourning.
I have no choice now but to come forward in the face of inexcusable efforts to smear my daughter’s memory by a man who may be her biological father but was never a real father to her in her lifetime. Angelo Bertolotti has relocated to California in his old age to claim he is here for Brittany, as he never was in life. He has made outrageous statements over the past few years, culminating in this latest madness: that my darling daughter was murdered.
His claims are based on the most flimsy of evidence and are more of an insult than an insight into what really happened, as I will explain to you shortly.
First, I want you to know a little of the real story. I raised Brittany alone. We didn’t have much at first, but we always had each other. My daughter and I were our only family, and we were inseparable and always there for each other in good times and bad. She never left my side as I battled cancer twice, and I was there for her through the trials and tribulations of her beautiful life and career.
Angelo was not there at all after age 1. He certainly wasn’t around during the 12 years he spent in prison on three criminal felony convictions. Throughout her childhood, I was Brittany’s only parent and sole support. No bond could have been stronger.”
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