Father of actress Brittany Murphy releases report suggesting she could have been poisoned
The father of the late actress Brittany Murphy has claimed she could have been poisoned after having toxicology tests performed on her remains.
Murphy, who starred in the films Clueless and 8 Mile, died in 2009 at the age of 32.
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office the primary cause of death was pneumonia and contributing factors included iron deficiency anaemia and "multiple drug intoxication," referring to prescription medications. The death was ruled accidental.
However, her biological father Angelo Bertolotti, sued the coroner's office and Los Angeles police to obtain samples of her hair and then had independent tests conducted.
According to US reports the tests revealed high levels of 10 heavy metals.
The report said: "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." Mr Bertolotti told the Examiner website: "My daughter was neither anorexic nor a drug junkie, as they repeatedly implied. I will not rest until the truth about these tragic events is told. There will be justice for Brittany." The website reported that the heavy metals involved are commonly found in rat poison and insecticides.
Five months after her death Murphy's British husband Simon Monjack, 39, was found dead.
The coroner concluded that he died of natural causes. At the time investigators said they believed he died of a heart attack or an accidental overdose of prescription medication.