Coroner defers cause of Brittany’s death

Autopsy results are awaited
Tuesday , 22 December 2009
Coroner defers cause of Brittany’s death

The cause of BRITTANY MURPHY's sudden death has been "deferred" pending further tests, following the completion of an autopsy on her body.

Examinations carried out on Monday (Dec 21) - just a day after Murphy suffered a cardiac arrest at her Los Angeles home - found there was no evidence of foul play, reports TMZ.com.

Sources tell the website the Los Angeles County coroner will wait for the result of a toxicology report and a study of the actress' organs, tissues and brain, before releasing the cause of her death in four to six weeks time.

Insiders claim Murphy's body appeared "normal" and had not been subject to physical trauma.

Reports suggest she had been taking prescription medication for flu-like symptoms and had been vomiting in the early hours of Sunday.

Meanwhile, Murphy's estranged father has been left reeling from his daughter's shocking death, insisting she was too young to die.

Murphy's dad Angelo Bertolotti is struggling to come to terms with his sudden loss, admitting he's "still in shock" over the tragic news.

He tells UsMagazine.com, "There is nothing I can say. I can't believe this is happening. She was a young 32. She wasn't supposed to die like this.
"I don't understand how she died. This doesn't make sense to me."

But Bertolotti, who had reportedly served time in prison for his ties to the mafia, confesses he had not seen the star since 2006, blaming her marriage to husband Simon Monjack for pushing them apart.

He adds, "Ever since she married that Simon, I lost contact with her. But I always kept track of her to make sure she was OK in case she needed me. She married him and everything changed. After that, we weren't so close."

However, Bertolotti will always have fond memories of his beloved daughter: "I will miss her smile and her work ethic. She was such a hard worker. I was so proud of her. This was a girl who had been working since she was seven.

"Everyone she worked with loved her. That's who she was. She was loveable. There is nothing more I can say. I'm trying to make sense of this, and I can't."