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L.A. Coroner Does Not Plan to Re-Open Brittany Murphy Case

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Obituaries, Rumors

Brittany Murphy in 2009Brittany Murphy's cause of death is not being re-investigated.

Despite new toxicology reports suggesting the Clueless actress may have been poisoned, the Los Angeles County coroner has announced there are no plans to re-open the case because they are yet to receive them, after the star died in December 2009. Her husband Simon Monjack died just five months later and both deaths were attributed to acute pneumonia and severe anemia; hers also involved multiple drug intoxication.

"The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has no plans to reopen our inquiry into the deaths. We stand by our original reports. We have not been presented any [third] party lab test results for analysis, so we are unable to comment on publicized reports of private lab tests," Chief Coroner Investigator and Chief of Operations Craig Harvey told The Huffington Post in an email.

Brittany's father, Angelo Bertolotti, hasn't provided adequate documentation yet, after reportedly securing the release of the 32-year-old's hair, blood and tissues for independent analysis. The results are said to have shown the presence of 10 heavy metals commonly found in rat poison.

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Brittany Murphy’s Cause of Death in Question

Brittany MurphyBrittany Murphy's cause of death has come into question after new toxicology results allegedly suggest she may have been poisoned.

The 8 Mile actress was found dead at home in 2009 and the Los Angeles Coroner ruled her death was accidental, caused by pneumonia and "iron deficiency anemia." Five months later, the 32-year-old star's husband Simon Monjack, 40, also died of pneumonia and anemia.

Brittany's father Angelo Bertolotti wasn't convinced by the coroner's findings and The Huffington Post claims he ordered a new toxicology report after sending samples of his daughter's hair for independent analysis. Results supposedly showed the presence of 10 heavy metals above the "high" level set by the World Health Organization. The types of metals are commonly found in rat poison, pesticides and insecticides.

Angelo reportedly tried to sue the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Coroner's Office, accusing them of "failure to conduct toxicology tests" on specimens of hair and his daughter's death was "incorrectly determined to have been allegedly caused by pneumonia and anemia."

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Johnny Lewis’ Death Ruled Accidental

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Movies, Television, Obituaries

Johnny LewisThe official autopsy report for Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis has been released.

The 28 year-old was found dead in the driveway of his Los Feliz residence in September, along with his 81 year-old landlady who is believed to have been killed by Lewis. Due to lack of evidence that he jumped or was pushed, the report states that his fall from the roof of his home was an accident - not a suicide, as what was previously thought.

"He appears to have jumped from an elevated terrace to the driveway while attempting to flee the scene. During the approximately 15-foot drop he apparently lost his balance or struck an object. This caused him to land so his head impacted the concrete driveway," wrote investigator Jerry McKibben.

The autopsy also stated that there were no drugs found in his system at the time of death.


Katy Perry’s Ex-Boyfriend Johnny Lewis Found Dead

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Television, Obituaries

Johnny LewisKaty Perry's ex-boyfriend Johnny Lewis has been found dead.

The 28-year-old actor - who dated Katy for 18 months until March 2007 - is believed to have killed his 81-year-old landlady Catherine Davis before leaping to his death from his home in Los Angeles yesterday. The upstairs of the building had been ransacked and a cat had also been killed.

"It's a terrible tragedy as far as we're concerned and we're digging into the bottom of it. He appeared to have died from some type of fall, either from the stairway, or from the balcony, or from one of the roofs. The best we're piecing together now is that it appears that some type of altercation occurred inside of the house resulting in the death of the woman. Then this individual ran outside, had an altercation with a couple of neighbors, ran back into the house and by the time we got here, he had fallen or had somehow died on the driveway," said Los Angeles Police Department Spokesman Andrew Smith.

Officers initially responded to a 911 call that a woman was heard screaming. No motive for the killing is yet known.


Jennifer Hudson Forgives Balfour for Murdering Her Family

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William Balfour and Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson has forgiven her brother-in-law for murdering her three members of her family.

The 30-year-old singer-and-actress has spoken out for the first time since William Balfour received three life sentences for killing her mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her seven-year-old nephew Julian King on October 24, 2008, but she says it's "not his fault" that he shot them. When asked if she forgives him on last night's episode of Oprah Winfrey's chat show Oprah's Next Chapter, she said, "Yes, because I feel like for the most part it's not his fault. It's how he was brought up. We tried to offer love, but you were so far gone, that you couldn't even see that. A lot of things came out, that we didn't even know about, from his upbringing, which is like he never had a chance. Had you had the love my mother gave us, or the background that some have, then you would've stood a chance."

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Balfour Found Guilty in Jennifer Hudson Case

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Music, Legal Issues

William BalfourA jury has found Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law William Balfour guilty of murdering her mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew.

Balfour, 31, was found guilty of three counts of murder and four other counts related to the 2008 killings and he now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. He had pleaded not guilty to shooting to death the singer's mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her seven-year-old nephew Julian King on October 24, 2008, as well as home invasion, residential burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle related to the killings. His attorney argued there was no forensic evidence linking him to the murders.

The panel took 18 hours deliberating on the case after it went to the jury yesterday at Cook County Court in Chicago, before finding Balfour guilty of triple murder. The actress - who attended every day of the testimony - arrived at court shortly after it was revealed that the jury had reached a verdict.

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Hudson Murder Trial: 911 Call Made Public

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Jennifer Hudson at the trial of William Balfour

The 911 call made by Jennifer Hudson's sister upon finding the body of their mother, has been released.

William Balfour is currently on trial for the murder of Jennifer's mother Darnell, brother Jason and nephew Julian, seven and the call made by Julia Hudson when she found their mother dead was made public yesterday despite the pleases of the prosecution not to do so.

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Jennifer Hudson Leaves Court to Avoid Nephew Photos

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Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson walked out of court yesterday to avoid seeing photos of her murdered nephew.

The Oscar-winning-actress - who has been at the Cook County courtroom in Chicago since Monday observing the trial of William Balfour - left the room when a retired chief medical examiner showed the gunshot wounds suffered by seven-year-old Julian King. However, her fiance David Ortunga stayed behind to take extensive notes.

Julian was found dead in a car three days after police discovered the body of Jennifer's mother Darnell and brother Jason were discovered in their Chicago home. As the images of Julian were discussed in court, William was passed a tissue and he was seen dabbing his eyes. When the testimony ended, Jennifer returned to the room.

Prosecutors allege William flew into a jealous rage after he thought another man had given Julia a gift of balloons which he saw. Balfour is charged with first degree murder in their deaths in addition to home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, residential burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He has pleaded not guilty. The trial is expected to last for approximately four weeks.


Trial Delayed for Jennifer Hudson’s Murdered Family

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Where Are They Now?

Jennifer Hudson‘s brother-in-law has been granted another continuance in his trial for allegedly murdering her family.

William Balfour - who has been charged with three counts of first degree murder and one of home invasion - has been told the case against him has been put back, meaning he will still not face court over the killings of the singer’s mother Darnell Donerson, 57, brother Jason Hudson, 29, and seven-year-old nephew Julian King.

Jennifer’s mother and brother were found in Jennifer’s childhood home in Chicago’s South Side on October 24, 2008. Julian’s body was found in a vehicle in Chicago a few days later. All three had multiple gunshot wounds.

Balfour - who has been jailed without bond since his arrest on December 1, 2008- denies all involvement in the killings. It has previously been alleged that Balfour - who is the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister Julia - killed Darnell, Jason and Julian after becoming overcome with envy when he saw Julia receive a birthday present from a new boyfriend.

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Survivor Producer Questioned in Death of Wife

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Legal Issues

Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redman

UPDATE: Bruce has been released from detention but must stay in Mexico while the investigation continues.

An Emmy-nominated reality show producer is currently being called a person of interest in the death of his wife.

Bruce Beresford-Redman was detained by authorities in Mexico on Thursday after his wife was discovered dead in a sewer. Monica Beresford-Redman had been reported missing by her husband on Tuesday after she supposedly failed to return from a shopping trip.

Monica’s body was found on the grounds of Cancun’s Moon Palace resort, where the two had been staying. A security guard from that hotel reported seeing Bruce attempt to strike his wife as the result of a fight. Others staying in the same hotel also claim they heard the couple arguing in their room.

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