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Brittany Murphy died on Dec. 20, 2009, at the age of 32.
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It appears that neither of Brittany Murphy's parents is living in peace.

Saying he's not satisfied with their conclusions as to how his daughter died in December 2009, the late star's father has filed a complaint with the LAPD and L.A. County Department of Coroner to obtain biological samples taken from his daughter's body so that they can be retested.

So what does Angelo Bertolotti, who reportedly hadn't seen his daughter in ages when she died, think the experts got wrong?

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Bertolotti insists that the coroner's office didn't do its due diligence by performing "only very basic autopsy procedures/toxicology testing," according to the complaint filed today in L.A. Superior Court.

The suit states that Bertolotti met with Chief Coroner Ed Winter and LAPD Det. Sue Brandstetter to "voice his concerns" that their ultimate conclusion — that Murphy died of complications from pneumonia and severe anemia — was incorrect.

Brandstetter said that they never tested a hair sample from Murphy for poisons, toxins or heavy metals, the suit continues, after which Bertolotti paid to have whatever samples they took preserved for the next five years.

But what is Murphy's father really getting at here?

Citing a previous medical case, Bertolotti's complaint states that death by arsenic poisoning has been erroneously attributed before to pneumonia and anemia.

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And now, he alleges, the only way the truth will ever be known is if the coroner and police department release their specimens — which in this case include hair from her head, face and body and a sample from hair extensions she wore — so that he can take them to an independent lab for "any and all remaining toxicology and/or outstanding tests."

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Winter, the chief coroner, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

While Murphy's mother, Sharon, has been divorced from Bertolotti since their daughter was 2, she apparently isn't satisfied with the answers she's been given, either.

She sued her former attorneys for malpractice, claiming they never advised her that it was within her right to sue the contractor and builders of Murphy's home for wrongful death. Instead, Sharon's complaint states, the lawyers advised her to settle a previous suit filed against the builders for possibly shoddy construction (that led to water damage, which allegedly led to toxic mold that could have led to Murphy's — and later her husband Simon Monjack's — deadly pneumonia).

And now, Sharon complains, she can't sue them again for allegedly causing the conditions that could have exacerbated her daughter and son-in-law's deaths.

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Photos: Brittany Murphy: 1977 - 2009

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  1. A life cut short

    Brittany Murphy posing for photographers in Sydney, Australia in 2006. The actress died Dec. 20, 2009, at age 32. (Tracey Nearmy / EPA file) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Breakout role

    Murphy, center, began to make a name for herself in acting when she starred with Alicia Silverstone, left, and Stacey Dash, right, in 1995's "Clueless." (Corbis Sygma) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Hard-knock life

    Murphy played rapper Eminem's girlfriend in the autobiographical "8 Mile," which came out in 2002. (Eli Reed / Universal Studios) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Hollywood couple

    Murphy dated actor Ashton Kutcher for a time. The two co-starred in 2003's "Just Married." The actor posted on Twitter that with Murphy's death, "the world lost a little piece of sunshine." (Frank Trapper / Corbis Sygma) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Booking it

    Murphy and Josie Maran co-starred in 2004's "Little Black Book," about a woman who snoops into her boyfriend's past. (Zade Rothental / Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Supporting the troops

    In 2003, Murphy performed for crewmembers aboard the USS Nimitz for a USO show. (Phan Shannon Renfroe / Department of Defense / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Speaking for Tinkerbell

    In 2006, a news conference announced that Murphy would voice the animated character TInkerbell in an upcoming movie, but she was later replaced by Mae Whitman. (Keith Bedford / Reuters / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. French adventure

    Jessica Alba and Murphy starred in 2005's "Sin City," based on the graphic novels by Frank Miller. The two promoted the film at the Cannes Film Festival that spring. (Stephane Cardinale / People Aven) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Happy penguins

    Murphy often did voice work, and was perhaps best known as the voice of Luanne Platter in "King of the Hill." She also gave voice to Gloria in the animated penguin flick "Happy Feet." (Peter Andrews / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Newlyweds

    Murphy married British screenwriter Simon Monjack in 2007. He was one of the writers for 2006's "Factory Girl," which told the story of Edie Sedgwick and her relationship with painter Andy Warhol. (Dan Steinberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Smiling for the cameras

    In 2005, Murphy helped launch the summer sale at Harrods department store in central London. (Matt Dunham / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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