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Coroner’s Office changes its stance in Brittany Murphy case

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On the 4th anniversary of Brittany Murphy’s death, her father Angelo “AJ” Bertolotti continues to make strides towards finding justice for his late daughter and son-in-law. Alarmed by suspicious symptoms, the bereaved father never believed that both Brittany and her husband, Simon Monjack, died of pneumonia and anemia. He repeatedly requested that the Coroner’s Office test his daughter’s remains for poisons and toxins, which was never done during the original autopsy. When they refused, the determined parent sought other legal remedies. Mr. Bertolotti sued the Office of the Los Angeles Coroner and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and secured access to the specimens of blood, hair and tissue of Brittany Murphy.

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Two independent laboratories tested Brittany’s hair samples, revealing abnormally high levels of Barium, Sulfur (ingredients common in rodenticides/pesticides) and other heavy metals and toxins. Mr. Bertolotti is in discussions with famed forensic pathologist, attorney and medical-legal consultant Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D., as well as a former Los Angeles County District Attorney, to come onboard. “I want the best medical and legal minds to help me determine what really happened,” said Mr. Bertolotti, who spent much of the day at Brittany’s grave.

Initially, the Coroner’s Office responded that they did not intend to re-open the inquest into the death of Brittany Murphy. However, after reviewing independent test results, Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Mark A. Fajardo, M.D. took over Brittany Murphy’s and Simon Monjack’s cases. Today, a spokesperson from the Coroner’s Office told “Access Hollywood,” “Because of pending legal issues, we cannot comment at this time.” Mr. Bertolotti said, “I’m glad to see that these matters are finally being taken seriously. Brittany and Simon deserve nothing less.”

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