Brittany Murphy May Have Died From Rat Poisoning: Mystery Of Death Intensifies With New Toxicology Report

By Ajit Jha on November 19, 2013 7:10 AM EST

Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack
Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack (both shown here) died from similar causes just five months apart. (Photo: Reuters)

When actress Brittany Murphy died on December 20, 2009, the family did not believe the Los Angeles coroner's report, which attributed pneumonia and anemia to the cause of her death. Their suspicions only intensified when, five months later, her husband Simon Monjack died from the same causes. A new toxicology report sheds light on her mysterious deatth: according to the new report the actress might have died of rat poison.

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Her father, Angelo Bertolotti, ordered an independent report, according to which the actress did not die of natural causes, claims The Examiner. Brittany and Simon could have been possibly murdered by a third party, according to the independent report her family ordered. Bertolotti followed his initial suspicions with years of investigation during the course of which he able to obtain her tissue, blood and hair samples for testing. The father ordered testing for heavy metals and toxins based on the symptoms shown by Brittany and her husband before they died. The L.A. coroner did not originally test for heavy metals, according to the report.

According to the new, independent lab report, "Ten (10) of the heavy metals evaluated were detected at levels higher that the WHO [The World Health Organization] high levels ... 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."

In other words, there exists a very low probability of "a simultaneous accidental heavy metals exposure" — while it is much more likely that these same heavy metals could have been administered by someone with criminal intent. Rodenticides and insecticides contain heavy metals, and could have been used to poison Murphy and her husband.

Murphy showed the symptoms of heavy metal poisoning at the time of her death. These symptoms included disorientation, sweating, coughing, abdominal cramps, dizziness, headaches, congestion, wheezing and pneumonia.  

In the aftermath of her mysterious death, tabloids spread vicious rumors and unfairly damaged Murphy's reputation, said Angelo Bertolotti, "My daughter was neither anorexic nor a drug junkie, as they repeatedly implied. Brittany and Simon were ridiculed by The Hollywood Reporter, when they complained of being under surveillance and in fear of their lives. I will not rest until the truth about these tragic events is told. There will be justice for Brittany."

Murphy's career was on a downslide at the time of her death; her last major role came in 2004 movie Little Black Book. After breaking up with former boyfriend Ashton Kutcher (her co-star in that film) she had two serious relationships before she married Monjack, a screenwriter in May 2007. 

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