Brittany Murphy Likely Poisoned to Death, Second Lab Report Concludes

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A second lab test of the late actress Brittany Murphy's hair samples shows that she was likely poisoned to death in 2009, fueling foul play speculation.

An examination found unusually high levels of heavy metals and toxins in her system, specifically Barium, Sulfur (ingredients common in pesticides).

The test was ordered by father, Angelo Bertolotti, who has been vocal about his theory that Brittany Murphy was poisoned, and possibly murdered.

In response to the question about whether Brittany's death was ever adequately investigated, Bertolotti answered: "No, it definitely wasn't."

Brittany, the grieving parent went on, "exhibited many symptoms of poisoning, but the Coroner's Office didn't test her remains for any poisons or toxins."

"They didn't remove her nail polish to check for Mees' lines. Brittany's hair was collected by a Criminalist, but no toxicology was done."

"There was irregularly-shaped flattened material in Brittany's stomach that looked like partially digested medication. It wasn't positively identified as any type of a drug."

"It was never tested for poison. My child died in agony, suffering from strong abdominal pain and violently vomiting, until her body shut down. Her death was brushed under the carpet."

"People who should have cared, didn't."

It's unclear, and possibly unlikely, that these findings will result in the reopening of the case, though her father is clearly pushing for such an outcome.

In 2009, the Los Angeles Coroner's Office ruled that the then 32-year-old actress died of pneumonia, anemia and prescription drug intoxication.

Pneumonia and anemia were also listed as cause of death in the passing of Simon Monjack, Murphy's husband who died five months after she did.

Murphy's mother, Sharon, disputed Bertolotti's claims in a letter to the Hollywood Reporter. The full interview with Bertolotti, along with the lab report is here.

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