Sharon Murphy Is the Only Living Member of Brittany Murphy's Family — What Is Known about Her

Brittany Murphy’s death was so unexpected that it led to several theories. Even her mother, Sharon Murphy, had to defend herself against poisoning allegations.

Born in November 1977, Brittany was a talented actress best known as Tai Frasier in “Clueless” and Alex Latourno in “8 Mile.” Unfortunately, her career was cut short on December 20, 2009.

Sources reported that she collapsed in her West Hollywood house and was then taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,where she was declared dead shortly after.

Brittany Murphy on August 6, 2004 at MTV Studios, Times Square in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Brittany Murphy on August 6, 2004 at MTV Studios, Times Square in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

BRITTANY DIED FROM PNEUMONIA

Further investigations proved she had pneumonia, but anemia and prescription drugs also played a role in her passing. Years before, Brittany began losing weight, and rumors started circulating about a possible eating disorder.

She denied them in 2004, adding that she didn’t do drugs and only drank champagne occasionally. Since Brittany was only 32 years old when she died, people couldn’t understand how such a young woman could have died of natural causes.

Brittany Murphy on December 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Brittany Murphy on December 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Things became even more mysterious on May 23, 2010, when Brittany Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, passed away. Just like Brittany, Monjack’s death was attributed to pneumonia and anemia

It is important to point out that Brittany, her mother, Sharon Murphy, and Monjack traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico in November 2009 because the actress needed to film a movie.

Brittany Murphy on November 26, 2006 at Empire Leicester Square in London | Photo: Getty Images

Brittany Murphy on November 26, 2006 at Empire Leicester Square in London | Photo: Getty Images

Unfortunately, she was fired the first day, but instead of returning to Los Angeles, they stayed on the island. Both Sharon and Monjack contracted Staphylococcus, and Monjack even had a “mild heart attack” on the flight back home.

Brittany later caught the bacteria. She dealt with a severe case of laryngitis and anemia but didn’t go to the doctor thinking she could overcome the illness independently. When Brittany finally made a medical appointment, she died. 

Sharon Murphy and Brittany Murphy on October 15, 2002 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Sharon Murphy and Brittany Murphy on October 15, 2002 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

POSSIBLE FOUL PLAY

Almost four years after her passing, Brittany’s dad, Angelo Bertolotti, admitted he believed his daughter had been poisoned. He ordered a toxicology report which showed that samples of her hair tested positive for ten heavy metals. 

According to the lab that conducted the test, a possible explanation is that Brittany was exposed to those toxins after a “third-party perpetrator with likely criminal intent” administered them.

Bertolotti accused Brittany Murphy’s mother of selling some of her personal belongings.

Simon Monjack and Sharon Murphy on January 13, 2010 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Simon Monjack and Sharon Murphy on January 13, 2010 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Bertolotti eventually requested another autopsy, but Brittany Murphy’s mom didn’t allow it. In August 2010, several sources reported that Sharon Murphy and Simon Monjack “shared a bed.” 

However, Sharon explained a mistake in the police report led to such statements as the coroner’s officials misheard or misquoted what she said. 

SHARON MURPHY’S DEFENSE

Following Bertolotti’s 2013 claims that his daughter was poisoned, Sharon wrote a letter for The Hollywood Reporter defending herself and remarking that her daughter was not murdered. She wrote

“His claims are based on the most flimsy of evidence and are more of an insult than an insight into what really happened.”

Brittany Murphy and husband writer Simon Monjack on November 8, 2007 in West Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Brittany Murphy and husband writer Simon Monjack on November 8, 2007 in West Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Sharon Murphy added that the lab Bertolotti used was actually an internet site that wrote “horribly untrue things,” including that rat poison was a possible cause of her daughter’s death.

She revealed the coroner did various blood tests and other analyses when Brittany died, and they didn’t show similar results. Sharon also explained Bertolotti didn’t raise Brittany and said all his claims were lies

Brittany Murphy at Bristol Hotel in Paris, France on January 15, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

Brittany Murphy at Bristol Hotel in Paris, France on January 15, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

Days later, Bertolotti accused Brittany Murphy’s mother of selling some of her personal belongings, including her clothes, checks, cards, and passport, on an auction site for personal profit. 

In January 2019, Angelo Bertolotti passed away after being on life support due to a “long health battle.” Sharon Murphy, on the other hand, is living a private life ever since her daughter died. 

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