A NEW toxicology report suggests that Hollywood star Brittany Murphy may have been "secretly fed" rat poison prior to her death in 2009.
The death of the 32-year-old actress was attributed to "pneumonia and anaemia" by a Los Angeles coroner. But her father, Angelo Bertolotti, has never accepted that she died of natural causes and has pushed for "independent testing on her hair, blood and tissue samples", says the website Hollywood Life.
Bertolotti was convinced that his daughter and her husband, British film director Simon Monjack, had exhibited "signs of heavy metal poisoning", Hollywood Life says. Monjack, 40, also died suspiciously five months after the death of his young wife.
The new toxicology report on Murphy states: "Testing the hair strand sample identified as 'back of the head' we have detected ten heavy metals at levels above the WHO high levels recommendation."
The compounds identified by the report are found in "most rodenticides and insecticides leading her family and their experts to believe she may have been given rat poison", the Daily Mirror says.
The toxicology report continues: "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."
A member of Murphy’s family told the Daily Mail that the report’s findings confirmed long-held suspicions.
"I called it two weeks after it happened," the unnamed family member said. "You just don't have two people die like that under those circumstances."
But why would someone poison Murphy, best-known as the star of the movies Clueless and 8 Mile? Bertolotti believes she was killed after "offering her celebrity backing to a whistleblower fighting the government", the Mail reports.
At the time of her death, Bertolotti says, Murphy was "under surveillance from shadowy government operators who wiretapped her phone and terrorised her after she spoke out in support of a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower". ·