Brittany Murphy and her husband were poisoned and murdered, suggests a new toxicology report.
The late actress was found dead by her mother in the bathroom of her Hollywood home in Dec 20, 2009 supposedly of natural causes, and the cause of death was ruled as pneumonia complicated with anemia. Mysteriously, her husband Simon Monjack – who protested the autopsy report to the coroner’s office – was found dead five months later by her mother in the same house and in the same bathroom, and his death was also ruled as pneumonia complicated with anemia.
But a new lab investigation carried out on Murphy’s hair, blood and tissue samples found 10 heavy metals, consistent with those found in rat poison, which were all present in quantities well above the World Health Organization’s high exposure level, suggesting that the Clueless star may have been poisoned.
As at the time of their death, both Murphy and her husband expressed the same symptoms of headaches, dizziness, gastrointestinal issues, and pneumonia – all of which are indications of rat poisoning. They also exhibited paranoia shortly before their death.
The test was carried out only when the coroner’s office and LAPD was sued by Murphy’s father Angelo Bertolotti for failing to conduct a toxicological test during autopsy.
‘I have a feeling there was definitely a murder situation here,’ Bertolotti told Good Morning America on Tuesday. ‘It’s poison, yes, yes, I know that.’
But the coroner’s office has released a statement declaring that it stands by their rule on the case.
Murphy’s family is suspecting foul play in her death.