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Brittany Murphy’s Dad Suing over Autopsy Report

Brian To/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The man claiming to be the biological father of late actress Brittany Murphy is challenging the results of her autopsy in a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Angelo Bertolotti claims “testing/toxicology was incomplete and the death of Brittany Anne Murphy Monjak was never fully investigated.”

Bertolotti, who is also suing the Los Angeles Police Department, has requested samples of his daughter’s hair for testing.

“I’m not going to rest until my daughter’s untimely demise is properly investigated, which hasn’t happened so far. Her case deserves more than a superficial glance,” Bertolotti said in a press release quoted by The Hollywood Reporter.

The coroner’s office ruled that the 32-year-old actress died in December 2009 of pneumonia, anemia and prescription drug intoxication.

Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, died five months after his wife. His autopsy showed the causes to be pneumonia and anemia.

Bertolotti believes that tests of Murphy’s hair may show evidence that toxic mold in her Hollywood Hills home could have caused her death, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

His suit comes a month after Murphy’s mother, Sharon Murphy, filed a lawsuit against the law firm that represented her in a case involving the actress’ home. Sharon claims the law firm should have advised her against signing a settlement with the builders of the house when they should have known there was toxic mold in the home.

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Brittany Murphy's Mother Implies Toxic Mold May Have Killed Actress

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Brittany Murphy's mother has suggested in a lawsuit that the actress' untimely death may have stemmed from toxic mold in her home.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sharon Murphy has filed a lawsuit related to the mold against the law firm that represented her in a previous complaint.

Brittany Murphy died in December of 2009, and her husband, Simon Monjack, passed away the following May.  Sharon Murphy alleges the firm, which was hired to handle a suit against the builders of the Hollywood Hills home that has been settled, “should have known that Brittany and Simon had died and that their deaths were the result of complications from conditions associated with the subject property."

She maintains that the firm should have informed her that she may have been able to pursue a wrongful death claim. She says she can no longer pursue the claim because of the settlement.

Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner Ed Winter tells The Hollywood Reporter that at the time of Monjack's death, Sharon Murphy would not allow an inspection of the home and said she didn't think mold was a factor in his death.

The coroner's office ruled that Brittany Murphy died of pneumonia, anemia and prescription drug intoxication.  Monjack died of pneumonia and anemia, according to the coroner's office.

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