The shocking news of Brittany Murphy's untimely 2009 death is getting weirder. According to a new report in the Examiner, the actress' father, Angelo Bertolotti, has been pursuing further tests on the deaths of Murphy and her widower, Simon Monjack, whose life ended five months after his wife's. Bertolotti apparently did not believe the coroner's conclusion that Murphy died of pneumonia and Monjack of anemia, and fought lengthy legal battles to have additional hair, blood and tissue samples tested for heavy metals and toxins, due to the similar symptoms Murphy and Monjack exhibited immediately prior to their unexpected deaths.
"Ten ... of the heavy metals evaluated were detected at levels higher that the WHO [The World Health Organization] high levels," says the resulting lab report, according to the Examiner. "...We have detected ten ... heavy metals at levels above the WHO high levels recommendation. 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? They may have been poisoned.
Heavy metals can be found in household products including rat poison and insecticides. And according to the Examiner, the symptoms of heavy metal poisoning -- "headache, dizziness, gastrointestinal, neurological, respiratory, or dermal symptoms such as abdominal cramps, tremors, tachycardia, sweating, disorientation, coughing, wheezing, congestion and pneumonia" -- were all exhibited by Murphy and Monjack shortly before they died.
"My daughter was neither anorexic nor a drug junkie, as they repeatedly implied," said Bertolotti. "I will not rest until the truth about these tragic events is told. There will be justice for Brittany."
Toxic mold in the home where Murphy died has also been implicated as a possible factor in her death.