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Brittany Murphy’s dad, Angelo Bertolotti, thinks his daughter was poisoned. He’s so convinced, in fact, that he ordered outside toxicology tests and recently made a big to-do about releasing the results. His conspiracy theory allegation definitely won over some people on the Internet, but let the record show Brittany’s mother vehemently disagrees.
Sharon Murphy took to The Hollywood Reporter this morning to offer up an emotional and heartfelt letter, seemingly as a way to throw up a middle finger at Bertolotti and to let the world know the so-called evidence he’s touting about her daughter’s supposed poisoning is far from a slam dunk case a prosecutor would go to court with.
Here’s an excerpt of the letter…
“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.
Murphy was found dead back in 2009. Given her young age, a wide range of different theories were initially suspected, but after an extensive battery of tests, the coroner ultimately concluded she died of a combination of pneumonia and anemia. Bizarrely, Murphy’s husband Simon Monjack died of the exact same thing just several months later, and together, those deaths gave rise to a host of theories involving poison, mold, lead paint and more.
Losing a child is one of the hardest things anyone could possibly go through, and bringing up crazy theories about how the person may have died really doesn’t help anyone. In some cases, that might be called for, but after a lengthy investigation by a coroner that finds nothing, it’s probably best to work on honoring the deceased’ memory rather than endlessly hunting for a more mysterious cause of death.
We’ll keep you updated on this drama drama as it continues to unfold.