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Was Brittany Murphy poisoned? New tox screen revealed

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Criminal intent?

New tests show that Brittany Murphy and her husband may have been poisoned, casting a veil of suspicion over their mysterious deaths.

Criminal intent?The deaths of Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack just five months later were officially ruled pneumonia and anemia by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, but new tests ordered by the actress's father reveal shocking news: Poison.

The new tests were ordered by Murphy's father Angelo Bertolotti, who never agreed with the finding that natural causes were to blame — and he claims he had to sue the coroner's office to obtain the necessary hair, tissue and blood samples because they were never tested for poisonous substances, only drugs.

The lab results, obtained by the Examiner via Bertolotti, state: "Ten (10) of the heavy metals evaluated were detected at levels higher that the WHO [The World Health Organization] high levels. Testing the hair strand sample identified as 'back of the head' we have detected ten (10) heavy metals at levels above the WHO high levels recommendation. If we were to eliminate the possibility of a simultaneous accidental heavy metals exposure to the sample donor then the only logical explanation would be an exposure to these metals (toxins) administered by a third party perpetrator with likely criminal intent."

"The levels of heavy metals detected in Brittany Murphy’s hair were from 2 to over 9 times higher than the levels set as 'high' by The World Health Organization."

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Before her death, Murphy exhibited all the signs of heavy metal poisoning including headaches, dizziness, abdominal cramps, coughing, sweating, disorientation, wheezing, congestion and pneumonia.

In November 2008, Monjack was found unconscious on a plane and rushed to the hospital where they suspected a mini-heart attack. Murphy was found dead in the couple's bathroom on Dec. 20. Monjack would be found dead just five months later.

Bertolotti says the findings are the first step in restoring his daughter's name. "Vicious rumors, spread by tabloids, unfairly smeared Brittany’s reputation," he told the Examiner.

"My daughter was neither anorexic nor a drug junkie, as they repeatedly implied. Brittany and Simon were ridiculed by The Hollywood Reporter when they complained of being under surveillance and in fear for their lives."

"I will not rest until the truth about these tragic events is told. There will be justice for Brittany."

Image courtesy Anthony Dixon/WENN

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