Brittany Murphy's Body May Be Exhumed in Light of Poisoning Revelation

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Officials from the L.A. County Coroner's office may exhume the body of actress Brittany Murphy in light of recent reports about her death, but have not. Yet.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says he has not been "presented with ... the toxicology reports Brittany Murphy’s father (Angelo Bertolotti) had done."

"If there was an indication her death wasn’t from natural causes, we would probably exhume the body," says Winter, adding that it's not his call alone.

"Her father could also have the body exhumed privately, without a court order.”

Winter said if the coroner was to exhume the star’s body under the belief that Brittany Murphy was poisoned, his office would in fact need a court order.

Fingernails and more hair samples could be available if the body is exhumed.

In 2010, the Coroner concluded Murphy’s death was an accident caused by a combination of pneumonia, an iron deficiency and “multiple drug intoxication.”

A report commissioned by Murphy’s father possibly revealed otherwise.

The presence of heavy metals in Brittany it says, were "2-9 times higher than the levels identified by the World Health Organization as being considered 'high.'"

Her husband, Simon Monjack, died months later, also under suspicious circumstances. Heavy metals are commonly found in rat poison and insecticides.

Addiction specialist Dr. Damon Raskin tells Fox News that he examined the findings and found the “results seem very suspicious for foul play.”

“Other than lab error, there is no other good medical explanation for these abnormal levels ... therefore, some type of poisoning is clearly a possibility."

L.A. physician Dr. Shilpi Agarwal said it was unlikely that Murphy had this in her system without being given supplements or unintentionally ingesting them.

However, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden said the results were “interesting, but not evidence of foul play.” He offered an alternate theory.

"The grouping of heavy metals is more suggestive of hair product use - dyes, soaps, heat, etc. - than of rat poison," Baden said, so it's still unclear.


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