Brittany Murphy Death Investigation: No Plans to Reopen Case, Coroner Says

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Despite recent claims that Brittany Murphy may have been poisoned to death, the L.A. County Coroner says there are no plans to reopen the case.

The actress' dad, Angelo Bertolotti, went to the media last week with a new alleged lab report he claims suggests she died of heavy metal poisoning.

She died in December 2009. Her husband, Simon Monjack, died five months later. Both deaths were attributed to acute pneumonia and severe anemia.

Bertolotti sued the Coroner's office for "failure to conduct toxicology tests" on hair and tissue samples, which he secured for independent testing.

He sent the samples to the Carlson Company in Colorado for analysis, and that analysis supposedly found 10 heavy metals in abnormally high quantities.

The coroner, however, has issues with the revelation and says there are no plans to have Brittany Murphy exhumed, despite any of the findings.

Chief Coroner Investigator and Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said:

"The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has no plans to reopen our inquiry into the deaths. We stand by our original reports."

"We have not been presented any [third] party lab test results for analysis, so we are unable to comment on publicized reports of private lab tests."

“We take any allegations of homicide seriously, but just screaming about a test result without allowing us to [see it and] what it means is not helpful."

Other toxicology experts have looked at the results and called the findings suspect at best, saying plenty of things could have swayed the results.

There have been many conspiracy theories surrounding the two mysterious deaths, ranging from exposure to mold and murder by government spies.

“They were, in fact, under surveillance, including helicopters,” Bertolotti said. “Their telephones were wiretapped, Brittany was afraid to go home."

He could still have the body exhumed privately without a court order.


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