Brittany Murphy

It has been 13 years since Brittany Murphy died and now her brother has come forward to say that she was murdered. As the 13th anniversary of Murphy’s death approaches, Tony Bertolotti, 74 is convinced that the Clueless star was killed.

On December 20, 2009, Brittany Murphy was found dead aged 32 in the bathroom of her Hollywood Hills home. Five months later, her screenwriter husband Simon Monjack, 40, passed away in similar circumstances.

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According to the LA coroner, the couple’s deaths were due to pneumonia, anaemia, and drug intoxication after prescription pills were found in the couple’s systems.

However, the star’s brother told The Sun on Sunday:“There’s no way she died of natural causes. It’s impossible. It’s b*******, total c***.

“It was obvious to me, she was taken out… she didn’t die of natural causes. She was lost to a flu? In my book, that’s absurd.

“What are you kidding me? All she had to do is go five blocks away and they’d take care of her (in hospital.)”

Bertolotti went on to say that it is a mystery how Murphy’s mum Sharon who stayed with the couple had kept a low profile without revealing where all of the actress’ $10 million fortune went.

He explained that Brittany Murphy had ‘no control over her estate’ and: ‘There were huge amounts of money in [Murphy’s] pension plan and bank account, and all of that’s gone.’

In January 2019, Murphy’s father Angelo died aged 92 after spending years trying to find out what happened to Murphy.

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Bertolotti said three people in control of the estate after Brittany passed – her mum, a newspaper editor, and a doctor she was being treated by.

It was reported at the time of her death Monjack was written out of her will and the whole of the estate went to Sharon, but as Murphy’s assets were held in a trust, details of the estate have stayed confidential.

He said: ‘Sharon knows the truth and she hasn’t picked up the phone with one member of the family and told them the truth.’

Former saxophonist Bertolotti, who has played with Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross, added about his quest for truth: “It has nothing to do with money. “Believe me. I wouldn’t touch that money anyway because it’s all evil. I wouldn’t go near that money. Forget it, that’s dirty.”

But he admitted he has “no faith” the truth will emerge, calling it a “dead issue”.

In 1991 the actress debuted her career and was featured in the Fox sitcom Drexell’s Class. She then appeared in films such as Drop Dead Gorgeous, Girl, Interrupted and Cherry Falls. 

The actress also made several ventures into voice acting and notably voiced Luanne Platter on the long-running animated comedy show King Of The Hill.