Actress Brittany Murphy died suddenly from pneumonia and anemia in 2009. She was only 32. Five months later, her husband, Simon Monjack dropped dead from the exact same illnesses. He was 40.

The Clueless actress and the British screenwriter were both mysteriously found dead in the same house within five months of each other. So, what was hidden within the walls of their multi-million dollar Hollywood Hills home that may have caused these two souls to die at such a young age?

If we are to ask Brittany Murphy’s mother, Sharon Murphy, she had claimed that toxic mold found in Brittany’s luxurious Hollywood home killed her daughter and her son-in-law. She said the builders of the home were to blame for the mold that caused their condition.

This makes perfect sense. After all, mold is toxic and can be deadly. It has been proven in many scientific studies to cause allergies, asthma, pneumonia, and a whole host of various other diseases – including death!

In addition to Sharon Murphy’s mold claims is the fact that the house had previously flooded due to a water heater in the attic that leaked. It is well know that any flooding or water leaks will likely lead to a mold infestation if the water damage is not properly taken care of.

There is also the fact that Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack’s home was built in the Hollywood Hills and sat at the bottom of several hills. Water drains down hill and can easily penetrate a home’s foundation and exterior walls. Drainage and flooding issues that affect homes at the bottom of hills are a common problem.

Let me also add that this is the former residence of pop singer Britney Spears back in 2003, while she was dating Justin Timberlake. She sold the home to actress Brittany Murphy in June 2003 for $3,850,000. A few years later, Spears was in the news for crazy and erratic behavior during which she shaved her head, got two new tattoos, and hit the L.A. club scene with a lot of drama. Quite possibly this episode was the result of toxic mold poisoning from her former home, which is also a symptom of mold sickness.

It is now known by some people as the cursed Hollywood Hills home.

If you just Google homes at bottom of hill and mold, you will find a plethora of news stories and claims by people whose homes became mold infested from drainage problems.

Check out this image of Brittany Murphy’s and Simon Monjack’s home. You can clearly see their property sits at the bottom of several hills.

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Initially, it was reported that the Los Angeles County Corner’s Office was going to look at mold as the possible cause of death.

Shortly after her death, assistant chief coroner Ed Winter told the Associated Press: “It appears to be natural.”  An autopsy was performed the day after she died. Her death certificate listed the cause of death as “deferred”. On February 4, 2010, the Los Angeles County coroner stated that the primary cause of Murphy’s death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication.

Winter stated further, “It is unusual to have two people die of similar circumstances with pneumonia. We’ve been looking at it and saying, ‘Something isn’t right.’ I’m not saying you can’t get pneumonia from mold, but we did all the tests on it — mold did not come up in the toxicology reports.”

As many people well know who understand the dangers of mold, and/or who have become sick from mold here in the U.S., trying to get the proper testing or any type of toxicology test for mold is almost impossible. Just getting a doctor to listen to our stories and/or look further into mold as being a cause of our illnesses is equally impossible.

So, it is not surprising that “mold did not come up in the toxicology reports?”

Mold is almost ALWAYS overlooked and/or dismissed by our current U.S. medical system. It is rarely listed as the cause of an illness, disease and/or death. Mold is treated as if it is harmless. People who get sick from mold are crazy. It’s as if it doesn’t exist.

Yet, in other countries such as the UK, it is well known by the medical system that mold is a common health problem and can be lethal, affecting tens of thousands of people in the UK.

Malcolm Richardson, Professor of medical mycology (the study of mould) at the University of Manchester had told the Daily Mail,

“It may seem extraordinary, but in fact mould in the home is a common health problem, affecting tens of thousands of people in the UK. Britain is especially prone to moulds, due to it being damp and cold so often, and because a lot of the housing is old,’ he says. “Yet compared with countries such as America and Finland, there’s not much awareness of mould or the health damage it can cause – it can be fatal.”

‘Mould is an opportunistic fungus, and grows aggressively in the body, stopping the organs working properly – so it can be lethal,’ says Professor Richardson.

Mold Inspection Pro Conclusion:

So, here we have a UK  Professor of medical mycology (the study of mould) at the University of Manchester saying that not only can mold be lethal, but he also states the truth by saying there’s not much awareness of mold or the health damage it can cause here in the United States.

Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack’s home was built in the Hollywood Hills and sat at the bottom of several hills. There was a known water leak caused by a water heater and her mother had claimed mold was the cause of both of their deaths.

We have several smoking guns here pointing to mold as the possible cause of their death. But unfortunately, here in the U.S., we live in the dark age when it comes to mold awareness.

Now, fast forward to this week, we find that their modern Hollywood Hills digs is for sale and was relisted on the market for $18.4 million, a $1 million drop from the original asking price, according to TMZ. The former cursed residence of Britney Spears and later Brittany Murphy is barely recognizable after a ‘ground up’ renovation.

That makes me go hmmmmmmm – a ground up renovation sounds to me like the home could have been infested with mold and they had to literally tear it down to properly remediate the mold in order to sell.

The five bedroom, six bathroom property features a home theater, massage room, wine cellar, infinity pool and elevator. Oh, and a history of unexplainable deaths and crazy celebrities.

However, buyer beware – There may be mold hidden in this walls covered up by lies, ignorance and death!

Here’s a timeline of the deaths of Murphy and Monjack from the Wrap:

Dec 20, 2009

Paramedics respond to the West Hollywood home Brittany Murphy shares with husband Simon Monjack and mother Sharon Murphy. Brittany Murphy is transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she is pronounced dead after suffering cardiac arrest.

Dec 21, 2009
Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says he believes Murphy died of “natural causes.”

Dec 29, 2009
L.A. County Coroner’s office releases Murphy’s death certificate, which lists official cause of death as “deferred” pending toxicology reports, which take several weeks. The certificate lists Murphy’s father as “unknown,” though his name is publicly known as Angelo Bertolotti.

Reports at the time suggest that Murphy and her father were estranged and had not spoken for three years before her death; Bertolotti had divorced her mother when Brittany was two years old. Bertolotti also did not attend his daughter’s funeral.

Feb 25, 2010
Murphy’s death is ruled accidental. Full autopsy results conclude pneumonia and anemia, exacerbated by a mixture of legal over-the-counter cold medications, caused Murphy’s death. The coroner reports that Murphy suffered a “chronic iron deficiency” due to heavy menstrual periods, which “leads to a weakened state of health and would increase her vulnerability to infection,” the autopsy report reads.

“Possible adverse physiological effects of elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state.”

May 23, 2010
Murphy’s widower Simon Monjack is found dead in the same West Hollywood home.

July 22, 2010
Assistant Chief Coroner Winter announces the cause of Monjack’s death was acute pneumonia and anemia, “just like Brittany.”

Sharon Murphy issues a statement admonishing the public to “stop the reckless innuendos that my daughter and son-in-law misused any kind of prescription medications.”

July 26, 2010
Winter refutes speculation that toxic mold in the home is what caused Murphy and Monjack’s deaths, though he says he did sit down with Monjack, Sharon Murphy, and their lawyer to discuss a possible mold problem during the investigation into Brittany’s death.

Sharon Murphy releases a statement contending that she had “never been personally asked by the Coroner or anyone from the Health Department to come and inspect my home for mold” in the wake of her daughter’s death. Winter calls that statement “an absolute lie,” but Murphy’s publicist, Roger Neal, says it’s absolutely true.

Neal says the home had been inspected for mold two months prior to Murphy’s death and been deemed safe for the family to occupy.

April 11, 2011
Repeated appeals from Bertolotti convince county officials to list his name as father on Murphy’s death certificate.

Dec 19, 2011
Sharon Murphy files a malpractice lawsuit against lawyers that represented her in a settlement against the builders of her home, after she had become convinced mold was indeed the cause of her daughter and son-in-law’s death. Her allegation against the lawyers was that they did not make her aware that by settling with the builders, she waived her right to sue them for wrongful death.

The elder Murphy had reportedly begun to suspect mold when she tried to sell the house during summer 2011.

Jan 11, 2012
Murphy’s father Angelo Bertolotti sues the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office for access to Brittany’s hair samples, stating he disagrees with the official cause of her death and wants to conduct his own chemical analysis.

July 24, 2012
A judge dismisses Bertolotti’s suit due to his failure to follow up on initial claims and make required court appearances.

Feb 7, 2013
Sharon Murphy settles her malpractice lawsuit under undisclosed terms.

Summer 2013
Following a second unsuccessful lawsuit, the corner decides Bertolotti is nevertheless entitled to have the hair and tissues samples sent to a lab of his choice, once he conclusively proved he was Murphy’s father.

Nov 18, 2013
Angelo Bertolotti reveals a report from a private lab, the Carlson Company, that claims to have tested hair samples from his late daughter. The report finds high levels of heavy metals in Murphy’s system, which Bertolotti argues is evidence Murphy and Monjack were deliberately poisoned. The Coroner tells TheWrap that it would be happy to look over the report if Bertolotti sends it — he says the documents are in the mail.


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Moe Bedard is the founder and CEO of Mold Safe Solutions. A mold removal company located in San Diego County, California. Moe is a certified expert in mold removal and author whose articles have been featured in media publications around the world. If you need help with mold removal in the San Diego County and surrounding areas, please call Mold Safe Solutions at 760-818-6830.

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