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‘What Happened, Brittany Murphy?’ New Doc To Investigate Star’s Mysterious Death

Brittany Murphy died of pneumonia and anemia just months before her husband, Simon Monjack, died of the very same causes.

By Gina Tron
Three Rumors Circulating Since Brittany Murphy's Death

Actress Brittany Murphy was successful, beautiful, and talented and when news broke of her sudden and mysterious death at just 32 years old, it sent shockwaves through Hollywood. Rumors persist to this day about what actually killed the starlet, who seemed to be in the prime of her career and life. 

A new docuseries is aiming to answer that question, or at least offer more insight into her tragic death.

The trailer for the two-part HBO Max series, set to hit the streaming platform on Thursday, dropped last week. 

The “intimate, in-depth character portrait of actress Brittany Murphy” promises to go “beyond the headlines” to explore the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death. She collapsed in her bathroom in 2009 and died after going into cardiac arrest. Her cause of death was listed as pneumonia with secondary factors of iron deficiency anemia. Just five months later, her husband Simon Monjack died of the same causes in the same Los Angeles home.

As one person in the trailer puts in, Monjack was an alleged con man who kept Murphy away from her friends and loved ones. He was arrested in 2005 on credit card fraud and theft allegations and in 2006, he was sued for nearly half a million dollars after being evicted from four different homes, the New York Post reported in 2009.

“What Happened, Brittany Murphy?” will dive into the many rumors and conspiracy theories that arose from her and her husband’s deaths. 

“Brittany’s dad was sure someone had done it,” one person says in the trailer.

Angelo Bertolotti, Murphy's father told "Good Morning America" in 2013 that he believes his daughter was poisoned.

"I have a feeling that there was a definite murder situation here," he said.

Murphy's mother Sharon Murphy, whom tabloids claimed shared a bed with Monjack after Murphy's death, has vehemently dismissed such claims.

The teaser also dives into sexist pressures the actor endured to fit in into Hollywood standards.

“She was not a typical pretty girl,” one person says, as the trailer dives into her extreme weight loss and makeover. She was noticeably thinner in films like “8 Mile.”

The docuseries will feature archival footage and interviews with those “closest to” Murphy.

“What Happened, Brittany Murphy?” debuts on Oct. 14.

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