Brittany Murphy's Family Continues to Deny Drug Rumors — (Extra)

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Posted on January 21, 2010

Brittany Murphy’s husband and mother sat down with Matt Lauer on the “Today” show to discuss the actress’ sudden death.

Murphy died Dec. 20, and the cause of death is still unknown; toxicology results are expected in a few weeks.

“Let’s set the record straight once and for all — Brittany was not taking any medication for her mood, for anorexia,” Murphy’s husband Simon Monjack said. “It’s utterly ridiculous that these rumors have perpetuated.”

Investigators found prescription medication for depression, seizures, anxiety and pain. Monjack told Lauer his late wife used Vicoprofen and Sarafem (fluoxetine) during her menstrual cycle. “Most of the medications are mine. I suffer from seizures,” Monjack declared. The screenwriter began to stutter and added, “I suffer from, you know, heart… my heart stopped on December 3rd when we landed from Puerto Rico.”

Murphy’s mother Sharon began to shake her head when Lauer asked about Brittany’s rumored cocaine use. “It’s just so horrific. She was diagnosed with a heart murmur when she was a young teenager and she was terrified of anything happening to her. She never did any drugs, ever.” Sharon replied.

The two also denied Brittany had any type of eating disorder. “You just need to go to her favorite restaurant, Chateau Marmont, and speak to any waiter, who would tell you that she would happily order four plates of food and eat them all,” Monjack stated.

Monjack also claims Murphy’s role in “Happy Feet 2” was pulled and it broke her heart. He explained, “Hollywood is a village and once you upset the villagers they talk and they gossip and they rumor. They have blood on their hands, and I hope they wash them with very hot water because of the way they treated Brittany Murphy while she was alive.”

The grieving husband and mother have established The Brittany Murphy Foundation in her memory.


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Brittany Murphy toxicology report shows rat poison, late actress’ father claims

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A new toxicology report suggests Clueless and Happy Feet star Brittany Murphy and her husband may have been poisoned, according to a story published on

The toxicology report — ordered by her father, Angelo Bertolotti — indicates rat poisoning may have been the cause.

The Los Angeles coroner said Murphy, 32, died Dec. 20, 2009 of pneumonia and anemia. Five months later her husband, Simon Monjack, died the same way.  There will be justice for Brittany.

Bertolotti legally secured the release of Murphy’s hair, blood and tissue samples for testing after years in court. reports that the Carlson Company found 10 different heavy metals in very high levels in the actress’s body.