Brittany Murphy’s Mother Denies That Her Late Daughter Was Poisoned

"Now I must stand up for her again"

It has been almost 4 years since actress Brittany Murphy passed away due to natural causes on December 20, 2009 but due to a new claim that she died under suspicious circumstances we hear today from Brittany‘s mom Sharon Murphy about the allegation. The claim, made by Murphy‘s long-estranged biological father, surfaced last week when Angelo Bertolotti presented “evidence” that alleged that Brittany was poisoned. Sharon Murphy penned an open letter for all to read that refutes Bertolotti‘s claim and explains in detail why she believes that he is merely trying to make financial gains from their daughter’s death. Click below to read excerpts from Murphy’s letter.

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 … It sends pain through my heart when I read [in recent reports about Bertolotti's lab testing results] that “the family said” — meaning Angelo — because he was never her family in reality. She and I and our extended family and close friends were her family, and as she grew in years and professionalism, she was beloved by many, many people, including fellow performers and the great artists in Hollywood. In light of the recent publicity about a lab test Angelo had done, I have asked some knowledgeable people, and they tell me that an analysis from a sample of hair is not considered dependable unless it is backed up by tests of tissue and blood and other analysis — which he did not do (the coroner did, but they show no similar results). I am also told one lab may give different results than another lab in terms of heavy metals, and the proper method requires multiple tests before any results are released. The lab Angelo used, if you can call it that, is an Internet site that farmed out the actual testing and then wrote horribly untrue things under the guise of “analysis.” It mentioned rat poison as a possible cause and claimed to be able to say that a third party murdered my beloved daughter. To even mention that the heavy metals that were listed in his test are in rat poison, leading to articles suggesting Brittany ingested that or anything like it, is absurd. If she had, don’t you think it would have shown up in the coroner’s test of her blood and tissue? A reputable expert will tell you that what this lab did is an ethical violation of the highest order; to even pretend to be able to draw such conclusions on unreliable evidence is the real crime. This report conveniently ignores what any good scientist will tell you: A hair sample can be affected by many outside factors, including hair dye, hair spray, prescription medications, foods, smoking the occasional cigarette and environmental factors. One cause we now know may have been toxic mold that was eventually discovered in that house — which may have been what really killed her. We will never know for sure. However, we do know the Los Angeles County Coroner did extensive tests and found that she died of natural causes. And now she is a real living angel in heaven … Angelo has shown he only wants to trade on Brittany’s life, career and good reputation — even at the cost of putting a cloud over her memory. His actions have hurt the people she actually lived with, loved and considered her dearest friends and family. I have heard from many of Brittany’s closest friends about the awful things said on the Internet or in the media about them when their only crime was to truly love Brittany. This has been done by people willing to perpetuate awful lies for their own personal aggrandizement and enrichment. Angelo and Davis will do what they do, but I can no longer remain silent. I must speak the truth. I want my Brittany to be remembered as the darling person she was, for the giant talent she showed the world (and left behind in her movie and TV appearances) and for the friendships and loving relationships that really were part of her life. She was my baby, and we stood together throughout Brittany’s life. Now I must stand up for her again. It is time for those who really knew and loved her to put those who want to exploit her on notice: Your lies will no longer be tolerated, and as long as I live will continue to be exposed.

The full text of Murphy‘s letter, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, can be read HERE. The poison story that started to go around caught my attention because I assumed the claim was based on real scientific evidence found by the family. To learn from Sharon Murphy what is really going on just sickens me. It is still terribly tragic that Brittany passed away so suddenly at at such a young age. That anyone would attempt to profit from her death is truly disgusting. It’s awful that Sharon has had to refute these claims publicly but I can completely understand her desire to do so. It’s doubtful that attempts to benefit from Brittany‘s death will stop completely but for the sake of her grieving family, I hope all attempts will fail miserably and will eventually go away.

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  1. Lahny

    The funny thing is – why did Brittany & her husband both die? Sorry but sounds fishy to me :(

    • @Lahny — The belief is that they both died due to toxic mold that was found in their home.

    • I thought the mom said she was also living in the house and sleeping in the same bed with Simon after Brittany died. Wouldn’t she have been exposed as well? I also thought the “toxic mold” was found to be untrue, and it affected whether people lived in it/whether it could be sold, etc.

    • @Krissy — Yeah, I dunno. Personally, I’m more willing to believe the mother over the alleged father.

  2. I find the mother’s coments to be odd.
    Why is she saying that the father is trying to “smear” her daughter? If he suspects foul play, that isn’t a smear on the victim.

    • @Krissy — Because he is a “father” that had no contact with Brittany as an adult. The mother even says she’s not certain he is the father. She is calling him an opportunist looking to make money off her dead daughter.

    • I know it sounds like he was a bad dad while Brittany was alive, but I dont think this is him trying to make money. In fact, he probably had to spend a significant amount to get the tests done. If he wrote a tell all book, I could understand her claims more.

    • @Krissy — I suppose if this goes any further, we may learn more. In the end, tho, I’m more willing to believe the mother over the father.

  3. Carolina

    Just to clarify… Where does she say that he may not be her real father? I interpreted the sentence, “by a man who may be her biological father but was never a real father to her in her lifetime.” as in, even though he is her biological father, he was not a true father to her in her life.

    I don’t know much about this stuff, but if someone dies from the effects of toxic mold, would that be considered a natural death? Regardless of all of this information, new or old, Brittany’s death along with her husband’s has always seemed fishy to me.

    • @Carolina — re: bio father: you are absolutely right. I totally misread that line. I guess in the end, I tend to believe the parent who was always there vs. the parent who only came out of the woodwork after fame and fortune was on the table (and then again, after death).

  4. Carolina

    Grrr… I wrote a comment and hit submit and it disappeared. FYI Trent, this happens quite often. I try to remember to copy my text before submitting but forgot this time.

    I wanted to say:
    I don’t know if the mother is saying that she’s not sure if he is the real father. I interpreted the sentence, “by a man who may be her biological father but was never a real father to her in her lifetime.” as her saying that even though he was her biological father, he was not present for Brittany growing up. I hope that makes sense.

    Also, I don’t know much about these things, but would a death by toxic mold be considered a natural death, or death of natural causes? Something about Brittany’s (and then her husband’s) death has always seemed fishy to me.

    • @Carolina — the spam filter tends to route longer comments and/or comments with links in them into the “pending moderation” queue. It’s irritating, I know, but the level of spam that it keeps out is HUGE.

  5. girlygal721

    I am much more willing to believe the mother than the alleged father, HOWEVER, it is not normal for a 32 year old to die of “natural causes”…it is even stranger that her 40 year old husband died of “natural causes” six months later…suggesting that she was poisoned seems very far fetched, but I have always wondered what really happened…

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