It's been over six years since the death of Clueless actress Brittany Murphy and it is still an event shrouded in speculation and suspicion.
Her death at the young age of 32, in 2009, of complications from anemia and pneumonia (and possible misuse of prescription drugs), was difficult for family members to take and several lawsuits were filed in trying to determine a "real" cause for her early demise. The mystery deepened for many people when Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, 40, died of the exact same cause just five months later. Could they have been poisoned? Could they have died from toxic mold present in the home? Many theories were presented, but never enough to reopen an investigation.
Things seemed to have died down with the speculation over the past few years and it seemed as if the brouhaha surrounding Murphy's death had finally ebbed. Until an article posted on E!Online, titled "Brittany Murphy's Death: LA Coroner Does Not Rule Out Reopening Investigation" on March 25th was picked up by several online outlets and the story soon became variants of the original article suggesting that the investigation WOULD be reopened. E!Online had also recently posted an article suggesting five reasons why the actress' death was still a mystery, perpetuating the belief that foul play may have been involved.
The March 25th article does not state that the case will be reopened and quotes L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter as saying, "We would have to have direct evidence. In all honesty, it would take something like a confession. Something connecting somebody with it."
Murphy's estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, had sued for access to her hair samples in 2013 and had a private company test them to see if any unusual substances were found in her body. He claimed that there were enough metal compounds in the samples to prove that Murphy had been poisoned. L.A. officials disagreed and explained that the materials found in her hair were likely from hair coloring.
Sharon Murphy had also filed a lawsuit of her own in 2011 against attorneys that advised her to settle with the home builders responsible for possible toxic mold found in her home that may have contributed to her daughter's death. It was later dropped in 2013.
Ups and downs and twists and turns have been associated with Murphy's tragic death since the very beginning and it doesn't seem that they are ever going to go away. Unless something very definitive or drastic pops up, people will just have to come to grips with the fact that her case will not be reopened until something real and substantial causes it to happen.
It's a tragic tale for such a young lady and despite all of the drama surrounding her death she deserves to rest in peace.