Four years after actress Brittany Murphy suddenly died at the age of 32, her official cause of death is back in question due to newly released lab results. Based on an independently secured test, Brittany’s hair, blood and tissues contained 10 heavy metals above the “high” level set by the World Health Organization.
“Since the autopsy narrative recorded a number of symptoms synonymous with poisoning, I requested testing for heavy metals/toxins,” said Julia Davis, a screenwriter who worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in an email to The Huffington Post on Monday. (The physical materials were sent by Brittany’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, to the Carlson Company in Colorado.) “My suspicions were confirmed.”
The same chemicals were found in the hair, blood and tissues of Brittany’s husband, Simon Monjack. He suspiciously died five months after Brittany. His cause of death was declared to be pneumonia and anemia. Brittany’s official cause of death was accidental drug overdose, pneumonia and anemia.
Julia, who is now writing a biography on Brittany, added the heavy metal elements are most commonly found in rat poison, pesticides and insecticides. She insists this means the chemicals “may have been introduced by a third-party with criminal intent.” She is supported in this belief by Brittany’s father, who ascertained from the very beginning that Brittany was a victim of foul play.
“Vicious rumors, spread by tabloids, unfairly smeared Brittany’s reputation,” he told The Examiner. “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 for their lives. I will not rest until the truth about these tragic events is told. There will be justice for Brittany.”
With the independent test results now on the table, Julia Davis said she is “demanding” that Brittany and Simon’s cases be reopened for further investigation.