The Deaths of Brittany Murphy and Husband Simon Monjack: A Timeline of Twists and Turns

The Deaths of Brittany Murphy and Husband Simon Monjack: A Timeline of Twists and Turns

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Circumstances of ‘Clueless’ actress's death under renewed scrutiny

The death of Brittany Murphy is under renewed scrutiny after her father, Angelo Bertolotti, revealed a report from a private lab saying the “Clueless” actress had high levels of heavy metals in her system — evidence he says shows she and husband Simon Monjack were deliberately poisoned.

It's just the latest twist in a case that for nearly three years has been kept in the headlines with a series of developments that still don't seem to add up.

Here's a timeline of what's gotten us to this point:

Dec 20, 2009

Paramedics respond to the West Hollywood home Brittany Murphy shares with husband Simon Monjack and mother Sharon Murphy. Brittany Murphy is transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she is pronounced dead after suffering cardiac arrest.

Dec 21, 2009
Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says he believes Murphy died of “natural causes.”

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Dec 29, 2009
L.A. County Coroner's office releases Murphy's death certificate, which lists official cause of death as “deferred” pending toxicology reports, which take several weeks. The certificate lists Murphy's father as “unknown,” though his name is publicly known as Angelo Bertolotti.

Reports at the time suggest that Murphy and her father were estranged and had not spoken for three years before her death; Bertolotti had divorced her mother when Brittany was two years old. Bertolotti also did not attend his daughter's funeral.

Feb 25, 2010
Murphy's death is ruled accidental. Full autopsy results conclude pneumonia and anemia, exacerbated by a mixture of legal over-the-counter cold medications, caused Murphy's death. The coroner reports that Murphy suffered a “chronic iron deficiency” due to heavy menstrual periods, which “leads to a weakened state of health and would increase her vulnerability to infection,” the autopsy report reads.

“Possible adverse physiological effects of elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state.”

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May 23, 2010
Murphy's widower Simon Monjack is found dead in the same West Hollywood home.

July 22, 2010
Assistant Chief Coroner Winter announces the cause of Monjack's death was acute pneumonia and anemia, “just like Brittany.”

Sharon Murphy issues a statement admonishing the public to “stop the reckless innuendos that my daughter and son-in-law misused any kind of prescription medications.”

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July 26, 2010
Winter refutes speculation that toxic mold in the home is what caused Murphy and Monjack's deaths, though he says he did sit down with Monjack, Sharon Murphy, and their lawyer to discuss a possible mold problem during the investigation into Brittany's death.

Sharon Murphy releases a statement contending that she had “never been personally asked by the Coroner or anyone from the Health Department to come and inspect my home for mold” in the wake of her daughter's death. Winter calls that statement “an absolute lie,” but Murphy's publicist, Roger Neal, says it's absolutely true.

Neal says the home had been inspected for mold two months prior to Murphy's death and been deemed safe for the family to occupy.

April 11, 2011
Repeated appeals from Bertolotti convince county officials to list his name as father on Murphy's death certificate.

Dec 19, 2011
Sharon Murphy files a malpractice lawsuit against lawyers that represented her in a settlement against the builders of her home, after she had become convinced mold was indeed the cause of her daughter and son-in-law's death. Her allegation against the lawyers was that they did not make her aware that by settling with the builders, she waived her right to sue them for wrongful death.

The elder Murphy had reportedly begun to suspect mold when she tried to sell the house during summer 2011.

Also Read: Brittany Murphy Likely Poisoned, Lab Report Says

Jan 11, 2012
Murphy's father Angelo Bertolotti sues the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office for access to Brittany's hair samples, stating he disagrees with the official cause of her death and wants to conduct his own chemical analysis.

July 24, 2012
A judge dismisses Bertolotti's suit due to his failure to follow up on initial claims and make required court appearances.

Feb 7, 2013
Sharon Murphy settles her malpractice lawsuit under undisclosed terms.

Summer 2013
Following a second unsuccessful lawsuit, the corner decides Bertolotti is nevertheless entitled to have the hair and tissues samples sent to a lab of his choice, once he conclusively proved he was Murphy's father.

Nov 18, 2013
Angelo Bertolotti reveals a report from a private lab, the Carlson Company, that claims to have tested hair samples from his late daughter. The report finds high levels of heavy metals in Murphy's system, which Bertolotti argues is evidence Murphy and Monjack were deliberately poisoned. The Coroner tells TheWrap that it would be happy to look over the report if Bertolotti sends it — he says the documents are in the mail.

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  • CNU

    I think calling proof they were ‘deliberately poisoned’ is pushing it, they could have done it to themselves some how like a bogus health fad or something.

    • ThaTruth4

      I don't think ppl are sitting around tryna think of ways to kill themselves..I mean at least not the ‘normal-looking’ ppl!

    • plainlyspoken

      Doesn't make sense. The medications were legal. Since they didn't have massive doses of the medications in their system common in most suicides, they would have to be pharmacists to know exactly how and when to combine small amounts of medications in order to slowly kill themselves over time. And why would they suffer with pneumonia and anemia before dying and then die five months apart?

      • L.P.

        Exactly. And just like you stated earlier, both of them suffering to the point of death of pneumonia is already suspect (a majority of deaths from pneumonia are at age 75 and older), but both suffering from anemia, too? I hope there is some kind of quiet investigation going on, for their sake.

  • em

    Does noone else find it strange her mother was very involved in this entire thing? They died of the same thing months apart, and both showed symptoms of being poisoned. She found them both, she didn't believe foul play or mold, and then when things get tricky she agrees with the mild accusations. I think someone might need to check into mommy dearest! Why did she just so happen to be there when these two collapsed?

    • Titania Cat

      How is that they die of “mold poisoning” in the same house “mom” lived in… yet “mom” isn't affected??? Pretty sketchy

      • nick

        if they were both on drugs or taking over the counter meds consistently in conjunction with mineral deficiency then they could hve been more susceptible to the mold /metal poison. just my opinion.

        • plainlyspoken

          True Nick, but I wonder if we tested the mom if we would find metal/mold spores in her system? Even if she doesn't die from it, seems a stretch to think she could live in an environment with those elements and have none of it in her body.

    • Conn

      Oh and who inherits an actress’ wealth after she and her husband dies?.. I guess mom, right?

    • AtLorrieLife

      AND, she's so litigious. What's next, Carbon Monoxide? Seems both Mom and Dad (she hadn't seen since age 2), are going after her Golden Ticket. Pathetic.

    • plainlyspoken

      This is exactly what I said when he died a few months later.

  • Sylvia Mencia

    Its just too strange that they all lived in the same house, they both get sick supposedly of mold in the house yet the mother live there too and is still alive and well. someone needs to investigate on that mother and the father is fucked up too because he doesn't talk to his daughter in 3 years and he also doesn't show up to his own daughters funeral but yet he wants to sue for some money.

  • AtLorrieLife

    Dad sees $$$ and Mom's too stupid to not know you can't settle, then sue? Greed is so disgusting.

  • C

    I loved Britney her movies and her genuine personality. I believe someone hurt her

  • plainlyspoken

    This cannot be a coincidence. Two people don't die of the same causes within
    months of each other with such specific diagnoses of pneumonia and anemia. They explained her anemia by relating it to her menses, but what caused his anemia? Mold isn't the issue or the mother would have it, too. And she doesn't, does she? What she does have is a nice fat settlement check.

  • Allen Wang

    It's A Sad Tragic News That Brittany Murphy And Her Husband Simon Both Passed
    Away And We Are All Deeply Saddened By The Death And Loss Of Brittany And Her
    Fiancé Simon And The Two Young Couples Will Never Be Forgotten And Always Re
    membered By Fans And Non-Fans And Even People They Don't Know Are Paying
    Respects To Brittany Murphy And Simon Monjack Regardless Of Their Death And
    Passing! RIP. We Will Surely Miss You, Mr. & Mrs. Monjack!!!

    PS In Loving Memory Of Brittany And Simon.

  • Classic

    Will someone please call crime stoppers on the mother, and after she is found guilty of poisoning her daughter and son in law send me the check. Craze how an actress JUST dies with no real evidence to support the claim of ????? Wait, pneumonia? anemia? an iron deficiency? over the counter meds? Right her and her husband both suffered from the same disease that ultimately took a toll on their lives enough to kill them. And the husband shouldn't even had heavy periods, but I guess he did……since they both suffered from the same disease!