Brittany Murphy's heartbroken dad, 91, said on his deathbed he'd 'given up hope' on finding out how famous daughter died
THE devastated father of Hollywood star Brittany Murphy, the actress who died in mysterious circumstances in 2009, said on his death bed he’d given up on the truth ever being revealed.
Before his death in 2019, Angelo Bertolotti exclusively revealed that he had to give up a legal fight against the Los Angeles Coroners Court to get her body exhumed and find out the true cause of death.
The Clueless actress died in 2009 at the age of just 32 at her home in Los Angeles.
Now HBO Max has announced a new two-part documentary which will explore Brittany's life and death.
Britany's dad, along with other family members and friends, believe the actress' mother Sharon may have more answers, but she’s been AWOL for FIVE years now – and one family source says that they fear she may be dead.
Before his death, Angelo was living penniless and surviving on government handouts, living in a tiny two-bedroom apartment in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. He spent all his money to find out the truth, but without success. He relied on his military pension to fund his hospital bills, and was cared for around the clock.
"I have no idea what happened, I wish I did. I think about my daughter a lot, think about the nice times we’ve had together. But I’ve lost hope,’" Angelo said in an unearthed interview.
"I still don’t know who’s responsible for her death – it makes me feel pretty, well, very bad. I thought I’d solved it, but I was getting a lot of publicity from it, and I had to back off from it.
"I kept in touch with the situation as long as I could, but we need Sharon. I’ve not seen her for years, she’s disappeared somewhere, no one knows."
The heartbroken father even admitted that he wished he was the one who was dead, as an old Vietnam War injury had left him an invalid.
"It’s difficult for me, as I’ve outlived everyone around me. A lot of people I know have passed away first. I live the best I can, but the government are very good to me. I don’t really speak to anyone, it’s a cruel situation," he said.
The Clueless actress suddenly died at the age of 32 in the bathroom of her Los Angeles home on December 20, 2009.
Her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, 40, died in similar circumstances five months later.
The Los Angeles coroner ruled the deaths were due to pneumonia, anemia and drug intoxication, after dozens of prescription pills were found in the actress and Monjack’s system.
In November 2013, Angelo secured the release of hair, blood and tissue samples and had an independent test ran by The Carlson Company, which claimed that Brittany did not die from natural causes.
The report found ten heavy metals in Brittany's system which were several times higher than World Health Organization safe levels and could have meant she was poisoned.
Heavy metals are found in most rodenticides and insecticides meaning the actress could have been slipped rat poisoning or bug killer.
At the time of her death, Brittany displayed all the symptoms of heavy metal poisoning including headaches, dizziness, abdominal cramps, coughing, sweating, disorientation, wheezing, congestion and pneumonia. However, some experts reportedly criticized the results, saying that the level of chemicals found was simply consistent with hair dye use.
"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," the report stated.
Mother Sharon was living on and off with the couple throughout their marriage and, when Brittany died, moved back in with Simon. Angelo pointed the finger at his former wife, and even tried, unsuccessfully, to sue her.
In 2013, Sharon denied all allegations that her daughter was poisoned, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "Angelo Bertolotti has relocated to California in his old age to claim he is here for Brittany, as he never was in life. He has made outrageous statements over the past few years, culminating in this latest madness: that my darling daughter was murdered.”
Sharon went on to criticize any so-called evidence of poisoning the lab had found. "We will never know for sure," she concluded. "However, we do know the Los Angeles County Coroner did extensive tests and found that she died of natural causes. And now she is a real living angel in heaven."
There was also a theory that Brittany had been poisoned by the government after offering support for family friend Julia Davis, a Department of Homeland Security "whistleblower."
Even Simon's mother Linda believed they were being targeted by shadowy government agents after Brittany offered support to Julia’s campaign to expose bribery on the Mexican border, after her time working on the border patrol.
She said the couple were "very, very fearful of so many things," then added: "Simon did say he was under surveillance. He was detained by the American Government because his passport had run out. He said he was followed and beaten up and he was detained for nine days."
The coroners office have steadfastly refused to exhume the body and Julia added in a series of emails: "As for the authorities, they've refused to exhume without the mother agreeing to that as well, to conduct any tests (since the Coroner admitted they never tested for toxins or poisons) to confirm or challenge our lab reports, or to re-investigate in general. Nothing is happening at the moment. Too many roadblocks."
"[We have] attempted to locate her [Sharon] multiple times, for legal reasons. No idea where she is. Seems like she doesn't want to be found."
Brittany’s brother Jeff Bertolotti wants to see household staff and shady friends now interviewed, as he believes that there are a number of people who are concealing evidence.
He said: "In this day and age, how does someone die of pneumonia? The report by the cardiologist – 48 pages long – said it was so extreme that it would have been horrific pain, how did this go unnoticed by friends, neighbors or maids? People must have seen and knew what as happening.
"We’d love to speak to Sharon, we can only assume that she’s in New Jersey where her family are from.’
But one source says that there’s a chance Sharon could have passed away, as there’s been no direct quote from her since 2011.
The insider says: "What's significant to me, is that Sharon is incommunicado. Until I see her face or hear her voice again, I can't be sure she's not dead or under some kind of protection.
"It’s been years since she even said anything through a spokesperson and even then, I’m not sure they even spoke to her. Since she left 1895 Rising Glen Road, sometime between April and July 2011 when it was finally sold, we have no knowledge of her whereabouts.
Last year, LA Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told E! News: "They both had similar causes of death. Brittany had an overdose of over-the-counter meds along with pneumonia and anemia, and Simon died of, again, pneumonia had he was anemic and his overdose was from prescription meds.
"I think it could have been preventable. The problem is Simon would doctor shop and got numerous medications with numerous names and had a problem with prescription meds. Brittany was sick and instead of getting her treatment, Simon and her mother didn't take her to the doctor and used an abundance of over-the-counter meds."
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