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Was Actress Brittany Murphy Poisoned?

Brittany Murphy attends the World Premiere of "Happy Feet"New questions have been raised about the 2009 death of Clueless star Brittany Murphy.

A toxicology report commissioned by her father, Angelo Bertolotti, has suggested that she did not die of natural causes after all. A lab report showed the presence of heavy metals that were two to nine times higher than levels identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “high.” Previously, the LA coroner’s office concluded that the 32-year-old actress died of pneumonia, with “anemia and prescription drugs [playing] a role.”

However, Murphy’s father secured the release of tissue samples and submitted them for independent testing. “I have a feeling that there was a definite murder situation here,” he told Good Morning America. “It’s poison, yes, I know that.”

The lab report reads:

“Testing the hair strand sample identified as ‘back of the head’ we have detected ten (10) 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.”

Bertolotti said: “Vicious rumors, spread by tabloids, unfairly smeared Brittany’s reputation. My daughter was neither anorexic nor a drug junkie, as they repeatedly implied … I will not rest until the truth about these tragic events is told. There will be justice for Brittany.”

Her husband Simon Monjack died 5 months later; his autopsy showed the causes to be pneumonia and anemia as well …

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

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