Brittany Murphy's half-brother refuses to watch the hit HBO doc on her life & still believes she was murdered12/21/2021
BRITTANY Murphy's half-brother refuses to watch the hit HBO documentary on her life, as he still believes the tragic actress was murdered.
The Clueless star died at 32 in the bathroom of her Hollywood Hills home on December 20, 2009, and the new movie explored her mysterious death and relationship with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack.
He also passed away just four months later at the home aged just 40.
The LA coroner ruled the deaths were due to pneumonia, anaemia, and drug intoxication, after dozens of prescription pills were found in the actress and Simon's system.
One of Brittany's last surviving relatives, Tony Bertolotti, believes there is more to the story 12 years after her death.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, he said: "I wasn't called by the documentary makers and I haven’t watched it, it can't tell me anything. What the hell is it gonna tell me? It'll probably just aggravate me more.
"Everything that comes out p****s me off because nobody is close to what I think is going on. There's a bunch of people that believe Brittany’s death is fishy. To me, it stinks."
The 73-year-old has become exasperated with the lack of people willing to come forward to resolve what actually happened on the morning she died, and also explain the preceding months.
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He claims there has been a wall of silence from those closest to her, especiallyher mother, Sharon.
She was living with her daughter and Simon, allegedly even sharing a bed with him after Brittany's death, and no longer speaks about the tragedies.
However, she has vehemently denied any rumors of romance between her and her daughter's husband, and has also expressed great sorrow at the death of her Brittany.
Authorities have never identified her as a suspect, nor has she been charged with any wrongdoing.
Tony explained: "There's only one person who survived all this, it's Sharon.
"The only contact I've had with her is through her dog walker, a Russian girl, she emailed me out of the blue, introduced herself and asked my take on the situation with Brittany, Sharon, and Simon. I emailed back, but never got a response again."
The Sun has made several attempts to reach Brittany's mother for comment.
The What Happened, Brittany Murphy? documentary, released earlier this year, follows the struggles of the breakout star from the popular '90s comedy, Clueless.
Linda Monjack, her mother-in-law, was joined by her other son and Simon's brother, James Monjack, as she opened up about the sad final moments with her daughter-in-law.
The matriarch recalled a conversation with Brittany the last time she saw her, in which the Uptown Girls star claimed she "couldn't walk up the stairs."
According to Linda, Brittany asked her: "I'm having trouble breathing. If I go up the stairs, by the time I go to the top of the stairs, I can't breathe. Do you think I'm dying?"
Linda insisted she responded: "Of course you're not dying, but you need to go to the doctor."
Tony is convinced there are people who know more about her final tragic moments, but are refusing to disclose them.
FAMILY HUNT FOR ANSWERS
He continued: "Nobody has said anything because they know what happened and they're not going to say a thing.
"My father Angelo and I went on on a hunt to see if we could get somebody to say something. Forget about it.
"I mean, the one that knows the real deal, that's Sharon. We'll never see her again."
There is no suggestion Sharon was involved in her daughter's death.
Tony also claims there were household staff and friends who could give information on his sister’s death and events leading up to it.
He says he tried to contact the Ukrainian-born actress, Milla Jovovich, as the pair were supposedly close, although there's absolutely no suggestion Milla is hiding anything.
Milla tweeted the day after Brittany's death: "We lost an incredible person on Sunday. Brittany Murphy was one of the most talented performers in our industry and a wonderful human being."
Tony said: "Brittany used to hang out with Jovovich, I tried to contact her a couple of times when I was still on Facebook, but heard nothing."
His father Angelo died two years ago at the age of 92, telling The Sun in his final interview: "I still don’t know who's responsible for her death… we need Sharon."
Angelo secured the release of hair, blood, and tissue samples and had an independent test ran by The Carlson Company, which claimed Brittany did not die from natural causes.
The report found ten heavy metals in Brittany's system which were several times higher than World Health Organization safe levels and reportedly could have meant she was poisoned.
Heavy metals are found in most rodenticides and insecticides meaning the actress could have been slipped rat poisoning or bug killer.
At the time of her death, Brittany displayed all the symptoms of heavy metal poisoning including headaches, dizziness, abdominal cramps, coughing, sweating, disorientation, wheezing, congestion and pneumonia.
"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," the report stated.
But despite the findings, Brittany's mom slammed the idea she was murdered, calling it "madness" in an open letter to the Hollywood Reporter in 2013.
She wrote: "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."
Meanwhile, Tony also believes his sister was being given bad financial advice and lost control of finances while married to Simon.
'A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW'
He adds: "Now is somebody going to come forward and bust up the whole thing? No, it's not gonna happen.
"They're not going to come forward, because if they do, they're gonna find themselves in the same place as Brittany.
"I think she was involved with some very slick movers in Hollywood. I think a lot of people know what happened to Brittany.
"I try my best to forget it – they put me in a hospital when this happened to me. I went crazy, I really did. I really had a hard time getting through it for the first couple of months.
"My heart started racing, and I couldn't stand up, I fell down, I couldn't breathe. It was it was really bad. Finding out that she was dead, I couldn't handle it."
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