The cause of Brittany Murphy's death is in question after a new independent lab test allegedly detected the presence of ten heavy metals/toxic elements in her system. The substances allegedly are commonly found in rat poison, pesticides, and insecticides.
Murphy, 32, collapsed inside the bathroom in her house in December 2009. She was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but was pronounced dead on arrival. Her death was ruled as accidental, caused by complications related to pneumonia and "iron deficiency anemia."
The actress' husband Simon Monjack was later found dead in the same house in May 2010. According to a report from Los Angeles Coroner's Office, the cause of his death was also pneumonia and severe anemia.
Her father Angelo Bertolotti didn't accept the reports and demanded further toxicology tests. He sued the coroner's office and the Los Angeles Police Department in order to obtain samples of her hair, blood and tissue for independent analysis.
"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," stated the new lab report.
He hired a private lab, the Carlson Company, to look for signs of poisoning. "It's a bona fide report," the lab's general manager, Denny Seilheimer, told TheWrap. "It was our client's prerogative to release the report. That's all I can tell you."
Meanwhile, L.A. Chief Coroner Investigator Craig R. Harvey issued a statement to The Huffington Post, "The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has no plans to reopen our inquiry into the deaths. We stand by our original reports. We have not been presented any [third] party lab test results for analysis, so we are unable to comment on publicized reports of private lab tests."