Brittany Murphy's mother has written an open letter publicly disputing claims the actress was poisoned. The Clueless star passed away in 2009 at the age of 32, and officials ruled her death was caused by pneumonia, anaemia and excessive use of prescription medications.
However, the case hit the headlines against last week (ends24Nov13) after her father, Angelo Bertolotti, revealed high levels of "heavy metals" had been found in samples of the star's hair and tissue samples which he had independently analysed.
Bertolotti alleged his daughter had been poisoned, but now Murphy's mother has publicly refuted his claims.
Sharon Murphy has written an open letter, published by The Hollywood Reporter, in a bid to silence speculation about her daughter's death, calling the poison story "absurd".
She writes, "His claims are based on the most flimsy of evidence... 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?
"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 mould 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."
Following the release of Bertolotti's lab report, officials from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have stated that they have "no plans to reopen our inquiry" into Murphy's cause of death and they "stand by our original reports."
Sharon Osbourne desperately tried to ban her family reality show from broadcast after viewing the very first episode, because she was convinced it would be a ratings flop. The rock matriarch admits she was horrified by the domestic drama depicted in The Osbournes series premiere back in 2002 and tried to stop MTV network bosses from airing it.
She explains, "I thought that I could (tell what is and isn't a hit), business-wise, and working with many different bands over the years... but I have to tell you, it's not always right because when we did The Osbournes, the first show they sent me, I literally called up our lawyer and said, 'You have to stop this. It cannot go out.' I was wrong. I was like, 'No way (can it be broadcast), please stop it', but we couldn't."
The first season of the show became the most-watched series ever on MTV and it continued to run until 2005, documenting all the ups and downs in the family's life, including Sharon's battle with cancer and the aftermath of an ATV accident that almost killed Ozzy.
Simon Cowell has promised fans he will return to the panel of his hit U.K. show The X Factor. The music mogul left his pet project behind in 2011 to launch an American version, leaving Gary Barlow in charge as head judge.
The show has struggled to maintain its huge audience since his departure, and now he has vowed to return after he signed a new three-year deal for the series with bosses at Britain's ITV network.
He tells Britain's Metro newspaper, "I will (return) at some point. I still miss that, I mean that show is my baby and that last year we did which was the One Direction year was the most fun I've had - it was fantastic. When I look back at the clips now and remind myself about it, it was a really cool year that."
Cowell has also hinted Cheryl Cole, who he took to the U.S. X Factor with him before she was ditched by TV bosses, could return alongside him, as well as pop star Rita Ora.
He adds, "Cheryl and I patched up our differences a long time ago. I saw her recently, we speak a lot on the phone and text each other, and I think both of us would like the idea of working together again.
"She was a great judge. I mean, apart from being cute she's a great judge and she knows what she's talking about and, oh my God, she wears her heart on her sleeve! I met with Rita at my house recently and I was really, really impressed with her and you just know she's a future star."
The show's current judging line-up is Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, who returned to the project five years after quitting.
Movie legend Walt Disney's daughter has died at her home in California, aged 79. Diane Disney Miller, passed away on Tuesday (19Nov13) after suffering a recent fall.
She was the only biological daughter of Disney and his wife, Lillian. Her sister, Sharon Mae, was adopted by the couple in 1936. She died 20 years ago (93).
Disney's daughter was married to former Walt Disney Co. CEO Ron W. Miller, who was replaced by Michael Eisner and Frank Wells in 1984.
Paying tribute to Walt's daughter on Tuesday afternoon, current Disney CEO Bob Iger said, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Diane Disney Miller, and our thoughts are with her family during his difficult time.
"As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of the Walt Disney Company and in the hearts of fans everywhere. She will be remembered for her grace and generosity and tireless work to preserve her father’s legacy, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her."
"Come on America - vote for Jack and I promise to 'Twerk'... in a G-String if he wins!" Sharon Osbourne fights for votes for her son Jack's Dancing With the Stars stint. The multiple sclerosis sufferer danced on Monday night's (18Nov13) show with an injured arm and sight issues.
Jack Osbourne has all the more reason to celebrate making it to the final four on U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars after suffering vision problems related to his battle multiple sclerosis (MS) battle. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's son was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease last year (12) and signed up for the ballroom dancing challenge in an effort to raise awareness about the illness.
The former TV daredevil, whose symptoms had been minimal of late, has managed to impress judges week after week with his fancy footwork with professional partner Cheryl Burke, but hours before hitting the dancefloor again on Monday (18Nov13), he took to his Facebook.com blog and revealed his MS had flared up again.
He told fans he woke up last week (ends15Nov13) with a "thumping migraine" and "vision problems with my left eye", adding, "At first I thought it was just another migraine, but as the day progressed, I started feeling those familiar zaps of pain down my legs and arms. After several weeks of being relatively symptom free of MS, this week it decided to give me a healthy reminder that it's still there."
Jack discussed his latest health troubles in a pre-taped video for Monday night's Dancing with the Stars episode, revealing his migraine and eye issues had significantly hindered his rehearsals - but his struggles didn't show as he secured his place in the final four with an impressive jazz dance and the Argentine Tango.
His mother has admitted his Facebook and video confessions were news to her - she had no idea Jack was having problems with his MS again.
Speaking on her U.S. daytime show The Talk on Tuesday (19Nov13), she said, "I'd been on a plane so I didn't see Facebook, I saw nothing. I literally got to the studio at five minutes after this how had started, sat down, Jack's... little video presentation came up and then he said that his eye was bothering him again and I never knew, so I just lost it. I completely lost it and well... he got through and I just can't thank everybody enough for supporting him..."
Osbourne will compete for the mirrorball trophy against actors Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu and comedian Bill Engvall.
Actress Leah Remini was voted off the show on Monday night.
Sharon Stone and Hilary Swank were among the Hollywood stars who flew to India to raise money for AIDS research at a glittering gala in Mumbai on Sunday night (17Nov13). Basic Instinct star Stone mixed with the Bollywood elite by co-hosting the amfAR India gala at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel with superstar Abhishek Bachchan and his actress wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Speaking before the event, Stone revealed her involvement came about after a meeting with Rai Bachchan in Cannes, France, saying, "It is very kind of Aishwarya and Abhishek to support this cause. It all started in Cannes two years ago when she came up to me. It's wonderful to be here with her. More people should come forward to lend a helping hand."
Rai Bachchan adds, "This is (the) first event of amfAR in India and I am confident we will have several more to come in our country. I hope we all collectively raise funds, spread awareness and strengthen the force."
The event, which raised money for The American Foundation for AIDS Research, also featured a performance from pop star Ke$ha, a charity auction, and a fashion show by some of India's top designers.
Sharon Stone is set to add another award to her mantelpiece in the coming weeks when she is honoured at the Marrakech International Film Festival in Morocco. The Basic Instinct beauty will be feted with a career tribute at the week-long event, which will also feature a similar but separate celebration for fellow actress Juliette Binoche.
The accolade will be Stone's third in as many months - she received the Stanley Kramer 'Social Artist' Award for her philanthropy efforts in September (13) at the Catalina Film Festival in California, and she was honoured with the Nobel Peace Summit Award from the Dalai Lama in Poland last month (Oct13), for her help in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The Marrakech International Film Festival runs from 29 November until 7 December (13).
Kill Bill star Uma Thurman is set to moderate a debate on anger between her Buddhist scholar father and best-selling author Sharon Salzberg. The actress, famed for her violent roles in several Quentin Tarantino movies, will focus on a more Zen way of life when she sits down with her writer dad, Robert Thurman, and his new collaborator Salzberg at a talk in New York next month (Dec13).
Thurman will moderate a discussion surrounding the pair's new book, Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier, to explain how people can overcome their tempers.
The event will take place at 92Y in the Big Apple on 2 December (13).