Brittany Murphy's mother, Sharon, has written an open letter to address a recent claim made by the actress' father which suggested that their daughter passed away because of poisoning. The "Just Married" star's father, Angelo Bertolotti, recently said that he sent hair, blood and tissues for independent testing and the lab result allegedly showed "heavy metals/toxic elements" which were commonly found in rat poison, pesticides, insecticides etc.
In a letter sent to The Hollywood Reporter, Sharon called the poison claim "absurd" and she believed that her daughter died of pneumonia and anemia as concluded by the Los Angeles Coroner's office. "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," Sharon wrote, adding that "his claims are based on the most flimsy of evidence."
"We will never know for sure [what exactly killed Brittany]. 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," she continued.
"I can no longer remain silent. I must speak the truth. I want my Brittany to be remembered as the darling person she was, for the giant talent she showed the world (and left behind in her movie and TV appearances) and for the friendships and loving relationships that really were part of her life," the letter read.
"She was my baby, and we stood together throughout Brittany's life. Now I must stand up for her again. It is time for those who really knew and loved her to put those who want to exploit her on notice: Your lies will no longer be tolerated, and as long as I live will continue to be exposed," Sharon concluded.