Brittany Murphy: Late Movie Actress’ Home Re-Listed For Sale [Report]

Brittany Murphy, the deceased star of such movies as Clueless, Eight Mile, Girl, Interrupted, and the posthumously released horror movie Something Wicked, lived with her mother and her husband, British film director and producer Simon Monjack, at the time of her shocking death in December 2009 — just five days before Christmas. Monjack died five months later in the same house with almost the exact same causes of death — with pneumonia as a primary cause and anemia as a secondary cause. Multiple drug toxicity resulting from legally prescribed drugs acted as a tertiary cause in Brittany Murphy’s death at age 32. Murphy’s prescriptions were reportedly to treat a respiratory infection.

Brittany Murphy’s mother, Sharon Murphy, was the first to find both her movie star daughter and her son-in-law after they died. The elder Murphy was reportedly extremely close to both of them. Now, according to celebrity gossip tabloid TMZ — a controversial website whose reporting methods are often criticized for being invasive and cruel despite usually delivering accurate information — the home in which Sharon Murphy suffered this trauma is back on the market for sale.

TMZ is calling Brittany Murphy’s home the “Brittany Murphy Death House” and states that the home is newly renovated. They report that the home has been listed for $18.4 million, which they describe as a “big discount,” and a million dollars less than the last price for which the home was listed.

Brittany Murphy and her mother first purchased the home — which has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a home theater, a massage room, an infinity pool, and an elevator — from pop star Britney Spears, who lived there with then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake. The home is three stories and the property surrounding it totals 9,400 square feet.

Brittany Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, at one time announced that he believed that his daughter had been murdered and demanded through a January 2012 lawsuit that the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office hand over samples of Brittany Murphy’s hair so that he could have those samples independently tested. Bertolotti insisted at the time that 10 heavy metals found in Murphy’s hair indicated that she had been poisoned, despite the presence of these heavy metals in typical brands of hair dye. If Brittany Murphy was known for anything besides movies, she was known for repeatedly changing the color of her hair.

Angelo Bertolotti made appearances on talk shows such as Good Morning America to describe what he believed had happened to Brittany Murphy in her own home.

“I have a feeling that there was a definite murder situation here. It’s poison; yes, I know that.”

Sharon Murphy responded to Angelo Bertolotti’s claims by calling them a “smear” and insisting that Bertolotti had never been there for Brittany in life, which Bertolotti attempted to disprove by sharing photos on social media of letters and gifts that he had exchanged with his daughter throughout her childhood and later life, as well as photos of the two of them together. Bertolotti’s lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office was dropped in July 2012 because he didn’t show up to two separate hearings.

Brittany Murphy’s home that is for sale was once believed to have toxic mold in it, mold that Sharon Murphy at one time blamed for the deaths of Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office dismissed this idea as a contributing factor to Murphy’s and Monjack’s deaths, but at Sharon Murphy’s urging, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services considered it as a possibility. Sharon Murphy sued the builders of the home, settled that lawsuit, and later sued the attorneys who had represented her in the lawsuit for convincing her to settle it.

Brittany Murphy was given the name Brittany Anne Bertolotti at birth, but used her mother’s maiden name professionally in the movies. The name Brittany Murphy Monjack is on her gravestone, and Simon Monjack is buried next to her. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that her parents have reconciled in any way following her death.

Angelo Bertolotti re-launched the Brittany Murphy Foundation — originally started by Simon Monjack and Sharon Murphy before Monjack’s death — in November 2013. Brittany Murphy’s memorial foundation is intended to support underprivileged children’s arts education, cancer research, and the United Service Organizations (USO), a charity dedicated to entertaining the troops which has a decades-long relationship with Hollywood movie stars and other well-known entertainers.

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