Brittany Murphy's Mom Attempts to Squash Reports that Her Daughter was Murdered, Raises Eyebrows
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Brittany Murphy's Mom Attempts to Squash Reports that Her Daughter was Murdered, Raises Eyebrows

By Courtney Enlow | Celebrities Are Better than You | November 26, 2013 | Comments ()


So, OK, backstory time.

Brittany Murphy had a pretty warped last few years of life. She had a creepy husband who had some kind of creepy relationship with her creepy mom, leading pretty much everyone in the gossip know to think Creepy Husband definitely offed Murphy. Then Creepy Husband died, too, just five months after his wife. Everything was creepy. But then we all went on with our lives, until, four years later, Murphy’s father announced that he’d opened up a new investigation into her death and had discovered evidence of foul play.

Now, Murphy’s mother is attempting to debunk that. Mmm-hmm.

In an open letter shared with The Hollywood Reporter, Sharon Murphy writes…a lot. It’s really long.

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.

His claims are based on the most flimsy of evidence and are more of an insult than an insight into what really happened, as I will explain to you shortly.

First, I want you to know a little of the real story. I raised Brittany alone. We didn’t have much at first, but we always had each other. My daughter and I were our only family, and we were inseparable and always there for each other in good times and bad. She never left my side as I battled cancer twice, and I was there for her through the trials and tribulations of her beautiful life and career.

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.

Angelo did come out of the woodwork when Brittany was a teenager and found success in a number of TV shows just before she was in Clueless. But she quickly saw him for who he is — and didn’t want anything to do with him. He now claims to have had a few meetings with Brittany over the years where he took the occasional photograph, but those must have been brief moments because I was there with her most of the time at home and when she was working — and he was never, ever around. He has admitted he did not see her at all during the final three years of her too-short life.

It sends pain through my heart when I read [in recent reports about Bertolotti’s lab testing results] that “the family said” — meaning Angelo — because he was never her family in reality. She and I and our extended family and close friends were her family, and as she grew in years and professionalism, she was beloved by many, many people, including fellow performers and the great artists in Hollywood.

In light of the recent publicity about a lab test Angelo had done, I have asked some knowledgeable people, and they tell me that an analysis from a sample of hair is not considered dependable unless it is backed up by tests of tissue and blood and other analysis — which he did not do (the coroner did, but they show no similar results). I am also told one lab may give different results than another lab in terms of heavy metals, and the proper method requires multiple tests before any results are released.
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.

To even mention that the heavy metals that were listed in his test are in rat poison, leading to articles suggesting Brittany ingested that or anything like it, is absurd. If she had, don’t you think it would have shown up in the coroner’s test of her blood and tissue? A reputable expert will tell you that what this lab did is an ethical violation of the highest order; to even pretend to be able to draw such conclusions on unreliable evidence is the real crime.

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.

[read the rest at THR. It’s real long, guys.]

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.

That was…that was something. That was some thing indeed. TL;DR: How dare Brittany’s father exploit her death; now, here, read my unspeakably long letter to The Hollywood Reporter all about me/my daughter’s death.

To lose a child would be the most unspeakably awful thing imaginable, a horror I cannot even fathom.


There’s always been something…off about all this. Monjack was the sleaziest. Seriously. He was Skeevy Nicks. He once lamented that, when he first met Brittany, she was “too young to touch.” Monjack and Sharon Murphy were alleged to have shared a bed after Brittany’s death, and the two started a fake charity in Brittany’s name. So, for her mom to write this long rant…almost as if to say “look away, nothing to see here, I totally didn’t do it even though no one’s accusing me because that would be nuts” is…weird. It’s all weird. I mean, allegations that Homeland Security took her out? That’s insane. It’s a zebra.

Maybe it was just natural causes, and a poor, innocent woman is being dug up when she should finally get some peace. But, I’m just saying if we’re going down the murder path, there might be more horselike possibilities.

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  • bel

    I think the mom poisoned both.

  • Sam

    the mom acts guilty.

  • $83583635

    I am reluctantly posting as Nadiney but it is if course, me, Nadine.
    Specifically the maybe murder thing.
    What I find interesting about her letter is how she makes claims that I sort of thought had been addressed. She says hair is not by its self enough to serve as proof but the reports about the findings state that her father had blood, tissue and hair released by the LA coroner and presumably all three tested.
    It's not totally clear but I would have assumed that if he had blood and tissue as well, all three would be tested alongside each other?
    She also says at one point in the letter that it was 'confirmed' it was toxic mold but obviously the news has stirred up the old stories and one thing I'm sure of seeing was that it was never 'confirmed' to be toxic mold at all.
    I find this very odd that she would also write this big letter which, as you say, draws attention to her that was not previously focussed on her. Now it's like she's diverting accusations that were not even being thrown at her. Pre-emptive defence.
    I also find her wording to be dubious. 'Knowledgeable people' means fuck all. She can't name her sources? I would. I would have a list of the experts I had consulted with to see if there was anything to be concerned about after all. If the declined to be named I would find someone who was just as valid and reliable and name them. Knowledgeable people makes me think she means a solicitor.
    I don't think Homeland security killed Murphy and her sketchy, sketchy, weird creepy husband but some weird shit went down and this letter makes me if anything more suspicious.
    Especially since when the news broke my first thought WAS about Mama Murphy.

  • Giroux IA

    The whole situation gives me the wiggins

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Not having followed this story previously (beyond the previous Pajiba post), nothing in this letter actually sounds crazy.

  • Art3mis

    Yeah, the original deaths (and mom's weird relationship with the husband) were awfully bizarre, but this letter doesn't sound all that nuts to me. Longwinded and overwrought, yes, but lots of people write like that at the best of times, let alone when discussing their dead child and (what they perceive as) her deadbeat father's murder accusations.

    In particular, the point about hair dye just seems obviously right, no? I don't know why her father's yelling murder when there's a way, way more likely explanation for what was found in the hair.

  • I seriously doubt the letter was written by Sharon, it was probably ghosted by her friend Alex Ben Block, Senior Editor and Show Business Historian at The Hollywood Reporter. I suspect he encouraged her make a statement.

  • Modiano

    Not to mention the mom brings up black mold. That stuff will create a whole spectrum of health issues. It's horrid.

    My SO had it in his condo. It smelled musty and I complained, but the unit manifesting it was unoccupied for awhile.

    The SO had random allergic reactions for a few months and a cornea replacement seemingly out of the blue. I developed a cyst in my tear duct that needed removal in only 7 mos. I stayed at his place 2 nights a week at most. Black mold is the worst!

  • Sharon only became a proponent of the mold theory when she became aware of an opportunity for a law suit

  • stella

    Stop reminding me that Brittany Murphy is dead. It makes me so sad.

  • Stephen Nein

    Where's the Polonium??![/ClaraPeller]

  • Mrs. Julien

    I haven't heard the word "collaborator" tossed out with that much derision since my time in The French Resistance.

  • BlackRabbit

    Remember, the most important part of collaborating is stopping and listening. (A cookie if you get this silly reference.)

  • kirbyjay

    I bet you looked fabulous in a beret

  • Mrs. Julien

    I tried a cloche, but those things can really limit your peripheral vision.

  • Zen

    I checked out when she called Brittany "my precious". Mustn't ask, not its business.

  • Jezzer

    "Those tricksy hobbitses poisoned my Presssssssshussss."

  • *unfolds tin hat; places firmly atop head*

    Mom is working with Homeland Security.

    *removes hat, places under pillow*

    Come on, two young people didn't die within four months of each other--with very similar symptoms--from natural causes.

  • "Mom is working with Homeland Security." Please elaborate. She's the best murder suspect - as the beneficiary of Brittany's estate, who failed to call 911 before it was too late in both Brittany and Simon's cases. In the latter case despite appeals from his mother. She's only made things worse by writing an open letter disparaging the test results, it inevitably leads many to conclude that she has a personal interest in doing so.

  • Naye

    Maybe mom isn't working with DHS, but I do remember Murphy's husband being super sketch. Maybe they were in cahoots, and things went south and mom took out hubby too.

  • I'll share my hat with you every third Tuesday.

  • lowercase_ryan

    quintessential TL/DR

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