After the estranged father of late actress Brittany Murphy told Good Morning America last week that she had died of rat poison based on evidence from an independent investigation, Murphy's mother, Sharon, has fired back in an emotional, open letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. She disputes the claims, calling them "outrageous statements."
"I have chosen to stay out of the limelight since the tragic and sudden death of my wonderful, talented, loving daughter four years ago this Dec. 20," she begins.
"From the day of her birth, Brittany was my precious, more dear to me than anything or anyone in the universe. I have been devastated by her loss and that of my son-in-law, and have remained in seclusion in my mourning.
She continues, "I have no choice now but to come forward in the face of inexcusable efforts to smear my daughter's memory by a man who may be her biological father, but was never a real father to her in her lifetime. Angelo Bertolotti has relocated to California in his old age to claim he is here for Brittany, as he never was in life. He has made outrageous statements over the past few years, culminating in this latest madness: that my darling daughter was murdered."
Read the full letter here.