The suspicious circumstances surrounding Brittany Murphy’s tragic death have been dragged into the spotlight again by her father’s claims that a lab report shows that his daughter was murdered, but her grieving mother has broken her silence to set the record straight – saying that her daughter was not murdered and that her father is pulling a “stunt” for “publicity.”
Angelo Bertolotti revealed the bombshell claim that he had her tissue samples independently tested by a lab that claims there were toxic levels of heavy metals and that may have been “administered by a third party perpetrator with likely criminal intent.”
However, her mother, Sharon Murphy, who lived with Brittany and her husband Simon Monjack, opened up about the claims that she says are false and for publicity.
“I have chosen to stay out of the limelight since the tragic and sudden death of my wonderful, talented, loving daughter four years ago this Dec. 20,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
“I have no choice now but to come forward in the face of inexcusable efforts to smear my daughter's memory by a man who may be her biological father, but was never a real father to her in her lifetime. 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.
“Angelo was not there at all after age 1. He certainly wasn't around during the 12 years he spent in prison on three criminal felony convictions. Throughout her childhood, I was Brittany's only parent and sole support. No bond could have been stronger.”
Sharon claims that Brittany’s father only tried to be involved in his daughter’s life when she became famous, but that Brittany wanted nothing to do with him. She also claimed that the lab, Carlson Company, in Colorado was not a reputable testing center.
“The lab Angelo used, if you can call it that, is an Internet site that farmed out the actual testing, and then wrote horribly untrue things under the guise of "analysis." It mentioned rat poison as a possible cause and claimed to be able to say that a third party murdered my beloved daughter.
“This report conveniently ignores what any good scientist will tell you: A hair sample can be affected by many outside factors, including hair dye, hair spray, prescription medications, foods, smoking the occasional cigarette and environmental factors. One cause we now know may have been toxic mold that was eventually discovered in that house -- which may have been what really killed her.
“We will never know for sure. 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.”
“Angelo has also formed the Brittany Murphy Foundation, as if he is fit to carry on her memory. Like everything else Angelo and his collaborator Julia Davis have done, this is calculated to make them money and bring them the fame they desperately crave. They say they want to do a documentary and write a book, and this whole stunt is merely publicity to fuel their aspirations.
“Let me be clear: I am quite confident Brittany never cooperated with Julia Davis, never signed any statement in support of her, never met with her, and barely knew she existed.
“I am sorry to be so forthright in saying this, but the time has come to bring out into the open the lies Angelo and Davis have told now that Brittany can't defend herself from. They did it simply to promote their interests, their book, Davis' documentary and career. The time has come for their false statements to be exposed and rebuked.”