Remember How Brittany Murphy Died of 'Natural Causes'? Well, About That ...

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brittany murphyRemember back in 2009 when Clueless actress Brittany Murphy died and the world let out a collective Whaaa?! I mean, for an otherwise healthy 32-year-old to drop dead of pneumonia always seemed a little odd to me; for her 39-year-old husband, Simon Monjack, to drop dead of the same thing five months later seemed a lot odd.

Sure, people made a big fuss about her allegedly eating disordered past and (also alleged) drug abuse, but Murphy categorically denied both -- and neither would explain why her otherwise healthy husband got taken out by the same (curable) ailment shortly thereafter. 

Anyway, I'm not the only one who was dissatisfied with the official explanation for Murphy's death. Her dad, Angelo Bertolotti, has been crying foul play from Day One -- and now it seems he might have a valid case.

Because the coroner initially refused to test for poisoning, Bertolotti had hair, blood, and tissue samples from both Murphy and Monjack tested independently ... and the lab report reads like the script of a Hollywood suspense/thriller:

Ten (10) of the heavy metals evaluated were detected at levels higher that the WHO [The World Health Organization] high levels ... 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.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. WHAT?! And it gets weirder: Toxic heavy metal exposure is usually caused by ingestion of rat poison, and both Murphy and Monjack were exhibiting symptoms of heavy metal poisoning before their deaths (symptoms can include headache, dizziness, gastrointestinal, neurological, respiratory, or dermal symptoms such as abdominal cramps, tremors, tachycardia, sweating, disorientation, coughing, wheezing, congestion, and pneumonia). Seems like all signs point to ... murder?! Which, if that's the case, the next logical and extremely important question is ... whodunit?!

Conspiracy theories abound, of course; some insist Murphy and Monjack were taken out by the Department of Homeland Security because of their support/involvement with national security whistleblower and filmmaker Julia Davis; others say her death was an Illuminati sacrifice. The second idea is harder to swallow, but the first? Depending on your level of distrust in the government, it seems almost plausible. 

Either way, one thing seems clear: Brittany Murphy did NOT die of natural causes. Which is both incredibly scary and sad.

What do you think killed Brittany Murphy?


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Elaine Cox

husband wacked her..then killed himself same solved...

Ember Weyenberg

I thought I read that it was toxic mold in the home that caused both of them, then later Brit's mom, to die of pneumonia?

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

Her mom didn't die. She's still alive.

Eddie... EddiesMama1983

Elaine, that's a horrible thing to say!


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nikabear nikabear

I have always thought that Brittany's mom had something to do with it!!!

Tina Berg

I bet her mother did it... she was living with Brittany and also with Brittany's husband when they died. She probably wanted the money


IHear... IHeartCake

The medical examiner has a lot of explaining to do. I always assumed they just didn't want to reveal the real cause of death because it was something with a lot of stigma attached, but to not run toxicology tests... explain, please!

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