The plot thick­ens in Brit­tany’s tragic death

Brit­tany Murphy mys­tery deep­ens

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An ex­plo­sive new tell-all book digs up more ques­tions about the late star’s tragic death

There’s al­ways been an air of mys­tery sur­round­ing the 2009 death of ac­tress Brit­tany Murphy at just 32. But now the brand-new book A Case For Mur­der: Brit­tany Murphy Files has shed new light on the tragedy, with au­thor Bryn Curt ex­plor­ing whether her pass­ing re­ally was down to ill­ness or some­thing more sin­is­ter. What re­ally killed her? The of­fi­cial cause of death given was pneu­mo­nia and anaemia, but in 2013, Brit­tany’s dad An­gelo Ber­tolotti pushed to re­open the case, claim­ing high lev­els of toxic heavy met­als were found in Brit­tany’s hair when he had it tested, sug­gest­ing she’d been poi­soned.

But ac­cord­ing to Bryn, pre­scrip­tion drugs may have played a part.

In the book, he claims the ac­tress died on a bed sur­rounded by a “moun­tain of clothes, make-up, per­fumes, an oxy­gen ma­chine and med­i­cal sup­plies… It was a ready-made drug store.”

Liv­ing in squalor

Bryn also re­veals that de­spite her A-list sta­tus, the star wasn’t ex­actly en­joy­ing five-star life. “The large bed was stained and the sheets twisted and drenched in sweat,” he claims of her bed­room in her Hol­ly­wood Hills home, which was put on the mar­ket last week (see right). “Flank­ing each side of the bed were night­stands cov­ered in… half-drunk bot­tles of wa­ter, pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion bot­tles, some open and some empty, and used tis­sues.”

Did Brit­tany’s hus­band do it?

Sus­pi­cion has long been cast over the star’s hus­band-of-twoyears Si­mon Mon­jack, who passed away just five months af­ter Brit­tany in eerily sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances. Bryn adds weight to the the­o­ries that Si­mon was far from the per­fect hus­band, by re­veal­ing de­tails about his strange be­hav­iour in the lead-up to Britt’s last days. Ac­cord­ing to Jay Pick­ett, Britt’s co-star on 2009’s Aban­doned – her last film – the cast and crew were left scratch­ing their heads af­ter Si­mon in­sisted on do­ing his wife’s make-up for the movie. “That did strike me as odd,” ad­mits Jay, who also re­veals that Brit­tany would act “silent and with­drawn” when her hus­band was around. “We would be hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion and she would see him com­ing and just change,” Jay, 55, adds.

And Si­mon’s strange ways didn’t end there. Bryn claims the Bri­tish screen­writer seemed “spaced out” as paramedics tried to re­vive his wife on De­cem­ber 20 and that “he was very dis­con­nected from the sit­u­a­tion around him… He was vis­i­bly on a lot of med­i­ca­tion.”

A cover-up?

Si­mon raised sus­pi­cions fur­ther when he pleaded with staff at LA’S Cedars-si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter not to per­form an au­topsy on Britt’s body.

Bryn also ad­dresses claims that Si­mon and Brit­tany’s mum Sharon be­gan shar­ing a bed af­ter the star’s death.

“That’s dis­gust­ing,” Sharon told Peo­ple mag in April 2010. “We’re close friends and we’re fam­ily.”

How­ever, it was Si­mon’s next move that re­ally made peo­ple un­com­fort­able…

Cash­ing in

Rather than tak­ing time out to mourn, fol­low­ing Britt’s


funeral, Bryn claims Si­mon – who was dubbed “Con­jack” by some be­cause of his dodgy dealings – im­me­di­ately be­gan work­ing on a tell-all about the late star and “the pro­duc­ers and tal­ent reps he be­lieved had slaugh­tered his wife be­hind the scenes, spread­ing ru­mours that she was al­ways late and had the in­abil­ity to re­mem­ber her lines”.

Eye­brows were raised again when Si­mon and Sharon an­nounced a pub­lic me­mo­rial for the late star – but it would cost fans more than $1000 each to at­tend.

When their be­hav­iour got the side-eye, the pair can­celled their plans, blam­ing “fam­ily ill­ness”.

But there was one big event Si­mon wasn’t miss­ing for the world – the 2010 Os­cars.

Ac­cord­ing to Bryn, an in­sider re­vealed, “He was try­ing to get his name on the guest lists for the af­ter­par­ties. It was ob­vi­ous he was only there for self-gain, he made my skin crawl.”

Change too late

And per­haps Brit­tany felt the same way – be­cause, ac­cord­ing to her dad, just days be­fore she died the ac­tress vowed she was mov­ing on. “Brit­tany wanted a dif­fer­ent kind of life and she was go­ing to move to New York,” he re­veals in the book. “She was so ex­cited to start a new life.” But as her dev­as­tated fans know all too well, Brit­tany never got that chance... n


Si­mon and Brit­tany’s mum Sharon on Jan­uary 13, 2010 UP WHAT WAS ? WITH SI­MON

Britt and Si­mon on Jan­uary 18, 2008, nine months af­ter they wed

Britt ap­peared pale and frail on De­cem­ber 1, less than three weeks be­fore her death BRITT’S DEATH HOUSE FOR SALE It seems some are wor­ried that the demons – and the mould blamed for Britt and Si­mon’s deaths – are still lin­ger­ing in the Hol­ly­wood Hills home they both died in, as it’s hit the mar­ket at a $1.3 mil­lion dis­count!

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