Four years after Brittany Murphy’s tragic passing, the late actress’s mother is breaking her silence over rumours that her daughter was poisoned.
Brittany’s death in 2009 had originally been ruled as an accident, resulting from pneumonia and a cocktail of prescription drugs. Recently, however, the late star’s estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, had new lab testing done in an effort to confirm that his daughter was murdered.
Angelo took his alleged findings to the media last week, and even launched a criminal negligence lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department.
Now, Brittany’s mother Sharon Murphy is firing back at her former flame by publishing a heartfelt letter explaining why she believes Angelo's claims are unfounded.
Sharon writes: “I have no choice now but to come forward in the face of inexcusable efforts to smear my daughter's memory by a man who may be her biological father but was never a real father to her in her lifetime.”
She goes on to question Mr. Bertolotti's character (he's a former felon who spent 12 years in prison) and his motives for reopening the case.
“Angelo has shown he only wants to trade on Brittany's life, career and good reputation -- even at the cost of putting a cloud over her memory,” she says.
Sharon also decries the Brittany Murphy Foundation (founded by Angelo) as a moneymaking, attention-seeking publicity stunt.
Finally, in the letter’s heartbreaking conclusion, Sharon vows to always protect her daughter.
“She was my baby, and we stood together throughout Brittany's life. Now I must stand up for her again. It is time for those who really knew and loved her to put those who want to exploit her on notice: Your lies will no longer be tolerated, and as long as I live will continue to be exposed,” she concluded.