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."
Late actress Brittany Murphy's mother-in-law has joined forces with the tragic star's father in calling for a new investigation into her death. A Los Angeles coroner ruled that Murphy's December, 2009 death was the result of pneumonia, anaemia and excessive use of prescription medications, but her father, Angelo Bertolotti, was far from satisfied with the results, and in 2012 he filed suit against the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Coroner's Office, asking officials to re-open the investigation.
He also conducted his own private tests on the Clueless star's hair and tissue samples, and recently revealed her body contained abnormally high levels of several metals, insisting that his findings suggested his daughter had been poisoned by "a third party perpetrator with likely criminal intent."
Murphy's mother-in-law, Linda Monjack, also believes there could have been foul play involved in the death of her daughter-in-law and son, Simon, who passed away from pneumonia just five months after Murphy's death.
She tells U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "They had everything to live for and it was snatched away from them. I do think something is extremely wrong, it doesn't feel right, it doesn't sit right."
Monjack feels the similar circumstances surrounding the deaths of her son and his wife should have raised a red flag.
She continues, "That to me would have been alarm bells, but nobody seemed to take that up."
Investigators at the Los Angeles District Attorney's office are not willing to re-open an investigation, but officials at the Los Angeles Coroner's office have agreed to take a look at the results from the independent inquiry after they receive them.
She continues, "I just hope that it comes to something in the end and justice is served."
"I would love to see Joe Jackson on Dancing With the Stars; that would be classic television... That would be classic. Joe, please do this." Eddie Murphy would love to see the Jackson family patriarch on the hit U.S. reality competition, which happens to be his mum's favourite show.
Eddie Murphy is turning his return to stand-up comedy into a new "mockumentary", featuring Stevie Wonder and a cast of funny characters. The Shrek star has been working on a stage comeback for some time and now he's working on a new film which will chronicle the return to his roots.
He explains, "I am doing kind of like a semi-autobiographical kinda mockumentary-type movie... There's some music in it. It's kinda like me putting together a stage show... putting a band together and coming up with jokes... and just showing how the whole process comes together.
"There are characters in it, and there's stuff that's real and stuff that's fake... I have a scene where I'm supposed to have a fight with Stevie Wonder... When I asked him to do it I was like, 'Yo Steve, I have this idea... and Steve was like, 'Do I whip your a**?'"
Brittany Murphy's father believes the late actress could have been poisoned after new toxicology tests were carried out on her remains. The Clueless star died in 2009 at the age of 32, and a coroner's report claimed Murphy's death was the result of pneumonia, anaemia and excessive use of prescription medications.
However, her father Angelo Bertolotti was not satisfied with the results, and in 2012 he filed suit against the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Coroner's Office, asking officials to re-open the investigation.
Bertolotti requested his daughter's hair and tissue samples be released so they could be independently tested for toxic substances and new results have revealed high levels of several metals.
The tests found her body contained abnormally high levels of aluminium, manganese, barium and other metals, with the report suggesting that the poisoning could have been down to "a third party perpetrator with likely criminal intent".
Just five months after Murphy's death, her husband Simon Monjack also passed away from pneumonia in 2010.
John Mcvie's cancer treatment has given his Fleetwood Mac bandmate Stevie Nicks the chance to live out her dream to play a witch on TV. The classic band has scrapped a series of dates next year (14) to allow the bass player to take care of his health, and the unplanned hiatus means singer Nicks can shoot a cameo on one of her favourite shows, American Horror Story: Coven.
Creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed the Landslide hitmaker will play herself on the spooky drama after revealing she would be joining the cast for an episode, which is set to air next year (14).
However, he tells Entertainment Weekly the cameo almost didn't happen, because the singer's day job with Fleetwood Mac threatened to keep her from the set.
Murphy explains that her tour itinerary initially conflicted with the shooting schedule, but when the band was forced to cancel a string of dates so McVie could undergo cancer treatment, Nicks became available.
He says, "She called and said, 'I'm now available, sadly enough, if you wanna use me'. So I said, 'Let's do it!' So she's flying in for, like, two days and doing her scenes. I know every person in the show is like, 'I better be in that goddamn scene!' It's funny."
Nicks, who is often namechecked on the show, is set to appear in the 10th episode of Coven's current season.
Former Lcd Soundsystem star James Murphy is hoping to revolutionise the sound of New York City's subways by creating individual soundtracks for each station for the benefit of weary commuters. The rocker is hoping to share some of his musical talents with the millions of residents who use one of the world's busiest transit systems each week.
In an interview with U.S. radio programme Sound Opinion, Murphy reveals he is keen to create distinct soundtracks for more than 400 underground stations in the New York City area, so commuters and tourists alike will be able to associate each place with a specific sound.
He explains, "I've been fighting for 14 years to get all the subway turnstiles to make music. I want to make every station in New York have a different set of dominant keys, so that people who grow up will later on in life hear a piece of music and say, 'Oh, that’s like Union Square.' It's such a brutal city. I think one little gift of kindness would be nice."
Murphy previously approached outgoing New York mayor Michael Bloomberg with the idea, but got nowhere. He is now hoping newly-inaugurated city leader Bill de Blasio will help him realise his symphonic subway dream.
Bewitching Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks has landed a role in TV drama American Horror Story: Coven. Show creator Ryan Murphy made the big casting announcement via a tweet on Tuesday (12Nov13).
He wrote, "Guess who's visiting the Coven? The legendary Stevie Nicks!"
Nicks has been referenced on the show as The White Witch, suggesting she'll probably appear as herself.
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If you're a film fan, you're probably aware of this Christmas' August: Osage County. The film is produced by George Clooney, who will be joined by stars Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, and Dermot Mulroney for a live Q&A moderated by John Horn. Horn will be discussing the making of the film and incorporating fan questions posted on The Weinstein Company's Facebook page.
Whether a fan of the team behind the camera, in front of the camera, or the emotionally devestating play upon which the film is based, everyone can think of something to ask. Feel free to query how Clooney is faring in his recently declared fued with Leo DiCaprio, or to ask Margo Martindale what it's like to simultaneously star on three television shows (The Millers, The Americans, and Masters of Sex), making her the second busiest cast member (after Benedict Cumberbatch). Meryl Streep will sadly not be in attendance, but why not ask what exactly she's doing instead? Ask one and all what it was like working with producer Jean Doumanian, the woman who was responsible for both Saturday Night Live's nadir and discovering Eddie Murphy.
Or, go ahead and ask about whether or not the darkly comic tone of the play will remain, how the cast managed with the Oklahoma dialect, or anything else about this Oscar hopeful. While we can't imagine how a film can improve on the wonderful play, which used the theatricality of over-the-top performances to its advantage, perhaps Clooney and the Weinstein Co. were able to pull together a cast and crew who understood at its heart what this story is about. It's hard to convey familial relationships, and absolutely impossible to do so if everyone involved is at anything but the top of their game. August is a tough play, a long play, and one that so relied on the immediacy of theater that even with all the starpower in the world behind it, it still feels like a gamble. But one we're excited to take, and to find out more about!
Check out the live video below and again, write your questions to The Weinstein Company's Facebook page. The Q&A begins at 8 PM Pacific Time and 11 PM Eastern Time.